I realize a lot of my posts about school life focus on Kindergartners, and to be honest, I’m not sure I could do the job of a Kindergarten teacher. But Kindergarten library time is probably my favorite. Reading great children’s literature and watching the kids eagerly find books they are excited about…their bright eyes, the smiles, the innocence, the hunger to learn. It all adds up to a very rewarding experience, with a touch of mayhem. And what kind of an experience would it be with 25 kindergartners and no mayhem?
Recently, as I read to a kindergarten class, I noticed one young fellow kept poking and holding his tummy. I asked him if he was OK, and I realized he was messing with his belly button. I encouraged him not to mess with it.
“But there’s dirt in there!” he announced.
Now, I am more than willing to tie shoes, zip zippers, button coats, secure scarves and mittens, clasp necklaces, and even help with earrings, but belly buttons are out of my comfort zone. Beyond my realm. I didn’t want to seem unsympathetic, which I wasn’t. I understand belly button issues can be frustrating…
I have a suggestion for him: “When you get home today tell your mom and she can help you clean it out.”
Problem solved, I thought.
“But,” he replies looking a bit worried, “it tickles when my mom cleans it!”