So, little man is in Prek. He has a great teacher who I will call Mr. D. As usual, I asked Mr. D how little man's day was today. He responded by saying it was good but he would like for me to speak with little man about not tearing things up. Tearing things up? Oh goodness, what has he torn up?! It was explained to me that little man took cereal boxes that was used for imaginary play and tore them up. Wow, I thought, that sounds distructive, but my little man isn't typically distructive. I wonder what in the world got into him.
Very frustrated, I asked little man why he tore up Mr. D's cereal boxes. Our conversation went like this:
Little Man: They were in the kitchen (center) and they were empty
Me (getting more annoyed): I don't care if they were empty. You shouldn't have torn them up.
Little Man: But my daddy does it
I stood in that moment connecting all the dots.....kitchen, empty cereal boxes, daddy does it......Little man wasn't being distructive, he was RECYCLING.....breaking down empty boxes just like his daddy does at home.
As I reflect on this, I wonder how many times as a mom and teacher I react to what a child is doing that I view as "inappropriate behavior" when in fact, there is a logical reason for the behavior in the child's mind. I learned an important lesson today: always discuss the action with the child before jumping to conclusions and reacting.
Little man learned a lesson too: DON'T TEAR ANYTHING UP UNLESS YOU ASK AN ADULT!
"Teachers make great thieves"...ever heard that quote? It is a very true! Most of our great ideas are "stolen" from someone else. Not all ideas on this blog are mine. I try to give credit where credit is due. However, if you find that an idea should have been given credit but wasn't, please let me know.
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