New Room, Old Tricks

Katie moved to a new room at her daycare. She is now in the four-year old preschool room with new routines and new teachers. Change is hard, of course, so I gave her a little extra love as I dropped her off Monday morning. I thought about her all day, wondering how she was adjusting.

I stepped through the door of her new room after work and surveyed the scene. I saw groups of kids gathered around Lincoln Logs and the kitchen area and the Play-Doh table. But where was Katie?

“Hi, Mrs. Murphy,” her teacher greeted me. “Katie had a great day, but she’s over there now,” she said gesturing to a bean bag chair in the corner of the room. I could see Katie’s braids peeking out from the sides of the book she was reading.

“Katie said her tummy hurt,” the teacher continued.

Oh I know this game, I thought to myself.

“Did you ask her to clean something up?” I questioned.

“Well, yes,” the teacher hesitated. “We were cleaning up for Centers.”

I shook my head in embarrassment.

“Katie, do you want to go watch Maddie get off the bus?” I said.

Katie leaped up out of the bean bag chair and skipped across the room. “The bus!” she exclaimed as she jumped up and down.

The teacher and I made eye contact, and she laughed.

“I see,” the teacher smiled.

New room, old tricks.

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10 thoughts on “New Room, Old Tricks

  1. Lexi’s tummy ache that “worked” on Friday (Poppy came to pick her up) absolutely did not work yesterday. A few tears, then a nice day in first-grade.

  2. Katie’s certainly testing the waters. It worked yesterday, but it won’t work again today. She’ll learn what she can get away with. Good for you for showing her teacher how a preferred activity can change her tune. (Hopefully, her teacher will institute a first this-then that for her to help with the tummy aches.)

  3. Katie’s smarter than I ever was! I love the way you handled it, not making a big deal of anything, but making sure her teacher knows the score. I so enjoy your slices about your daughters.

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