A few nights ago I blackmailed my boys into watching Frozen with me. They had given me a run for my money that day. My husband was out of town for work, and they had pushed and cajoled and pestered to no end. I just wanted to sit in front of the TV and watch Anna save Elsa again, and I wanted my boys with me.
You have to understand, my boys are 11 and 16, slightly past the prime target age for the movie. Still, they’re a lot like preschoolers sometimes (not just the tantrums!). They still find security in repetition and familiarity. So an evening laughing at Olaf and snuggling together on the couch was just how our crazy day needed to end.
You’re well aware of how much your preschoolers thrive on repetition. You know that when Brayden walks into your room this weekend, he will go right for the plastic lion toy from the animal bin. He will hold it all through class time like a lifeline, and he will walk out of your room repeating the Bottom Line to his dad.
Repetition creates security for our preschoolers. Watching their favorite episode of Team Umizoomi or wearing their pretty pink boots (with the red pants and shirt) helps your few feel safe. Repetition for a preschooler is like a warm blanket they can snuggle into and find protection from the thousands of new, confusing, uncomfortable things that they face every day.
What can we learn from them?
As adults, we tend to crave new and creative and exciting changes. You may be thinking through making big changes in your classroom. You should make changes! Introducing a new element keeps things fresh and fun.
But don’t change everything.
Keep striving to focus on the five pillars we focus on in order to help our few have an authentic faith.
Create a safe place.
Partner with parents.
Make it personal.
Move them out.
The changes you are planning should compliment one or more of these building blocks of leading small. Keep a visual reminder in the room of these five concepts. The repetition of seeing them over and over will help you be intentional during every minute with your few.
I’ll leave you with my favorite Olaf quote and how I feel about my few…
“Some people are worth melting for.”