In "circle time", the class takes part in various activities. Show and tell ... music ... yoga ... Spanish class ... stories ... the list goes on and on. It's a very active preschool. Today in circle, the kids were playing a game called "Who stole the cookies". The idea is to rhythmically say: "Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? [Name of child] stole the cookies from the cookie jar". And there are a few more silly little lines, with fun and innocent rhyming responses from the child in question, and then you keep going down the line of children until you've done all of the names. It's very cute.
All good, right? Except J doesn't like being falsely accused. So ...
Class: Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? J stole the cookies from the cookie jar.
J: (sporting his best "mad-face") I DID NOT!!!
Teacher: It's just a game, J. We go down the line. So next, we're going to say that B stole the cookies from the cookie jar.
J: Well, then maybe he did it. But I didn't! **
J quite enjoys circle time. Only problem: he and his best little preschool friend A aren't allowed to sit together any longer. They chat and play during the planned activities, and I've been told that they get quite disruptive. I also note in recent days that they are also no longer allowed to eat lunch together. But they still get lots of good play time in, so I think they're pretty happy all told.
** Note: The following is how "Who stole the cookies" should actually play out:
Class: Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? [Child] stole the cookies from the cookie jar.
Child: Who, me?
Class: Yes, you.
Child: Couldn't be.
Class: Then who?