When being a smart ass teacher leads to some awesome curriculum moments ...
Miss 4 was having a meltdown. Her meltdowns usually happen later in the day when she's tired, but she's been coming to preschool every day this week and her meltdown happened to be a morning one ...
I tried everything while her mother was standing there with me and in the end I fell back on my humour ...
I offered her a cup of coffee ...
This was met with a head shake.
I offered her a cup of tea ...
This was meant with a sad nod of acceptance.
Oops. I hadn't anticipated a positive reaction! I was expecting a look of "WTF" or "Are you Out of Your Mind?" ... but instead I got a yes.
Her mother responded with - she loves tea ...
She said farewell, she came and washed her face and hands and we settled down to have a quick group chat about our new scissors and also do our roll.
I thought I had gotten away with it.
Ya know, not making tea.
She piped up and said "You still haven't made me my tea yet."
I went to the room kitchen, grabbed my loose leaf tea jar and let her have a sniff. I then used my tea-grabby-thingy and with the kettle boiled, left the cup of tea to steep near the sink. When it had cooled to be a still warm black tea, I came out with 5 cups and my mug and we proceeded to have a taste testing black tea moment. No sugar, no milk. Just tea.
Well I was certainly surprised at how many of them liked the tea. We had a big discussion about different types of tea, and some whacky suggestions were made - like banana tea (bleh!). But one suggestion, apple tea ... well that's really a thing!
Of course ALL this is now a BIG thing. And next Thursday, when all my tea lovers are in the 'house', we'll try making some Turkish apple tea.
We'll have to buy a tea pot and some nice little tea cups to go along with this curriculuming.
Man, I love being a teacher. Even when my sarcasm gets me in 'trouble'.
- Gaby the Preschool Teacher