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The top 3 reasons I love working with Pre-Kindergarten

by Chad Dike, Teaching Artist, Widen Elementary

I have been working with my pre-kindergartners for about 6 weeks now.  I’ll admit that there have been a few challenges, but who doesn’t deal with challenges; but mostly this is an amazing group to work and have fun with.  When I tell , I work with this age group, they usually look at me like I am crazy and ask, “Why would anyone want to work with 4 and 5 year olds?”

Here are the top 3 reasons why I love working with the Pre-K students:

  1. Untapped Imagination – In my experience with 4 and 5 year olds, they are just learning what their imagination really is and how to use it. My job is great because I get to see how far those imaginations can stretch. We take journeys to different lands and become the inhabitants, all without leaving the comfort of the classroom.  Their imaginations also keep me on my toes because you never know when an alien or clown will show up on the pirate ship.
  2. Eagerness to play – Kids just want to have fun and that’s no different for every 4 and 5-year-old. They love to play. I can bring in activities and the student jump in with both feet, sometimes even turning the activity into something so much better than I had even thought. When they throw in that clown and/or alien, activities morph and allow us to go in a different direction and on a whole new journey.
  3. Boundless Energy – I’ll admit it, sometimes this can be a problem and sometimes a plus… but for the most part they can play hard for hours and never be tired.  Yesterday’s class focused on becoming pirates using our bodies. So we swabbed the deck, swam ship to shore and shore to ship, dug for treasure, ran port to bow and stern to starboard, raised the Jolly Roger, walked like pirates and even saluted the captain repeating every activity several times. By the end of it, I was exhausted but my students were ready to go, one rather forward girl seamlessly took over as Captain and called out the actions while parents were picking students up. I was amazed.

These are the top reasons of why I love working with Pre-K, granted they are sometimes a little off the walls, but can’t we all be.

PS.  My favorite cupcake is Salted Caramel from Georgetown Cupcakes in Washington DC, mostly because I want one and can’t get them here.  And they are INSANELY good.  Theatre Action Project‘s Cupcake-A-Doodle-Do is Saturday, October 22nd from 12-3 pm at Central Market North. It’s fun for the whole family and full of tasty cupcakes!

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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