Sunday, April 11, 2010

Four years old

I work with children aged 2- 12 years - I provide out of school care which means the school holidays provide me with a working week of about 40 hours and enough paperwork to take down a small forest.

Exhaustion, funding issues and a bunch of kids with more problems than is necessary make my job a constant, hair-pulling headache but with an Ofsted inspection looming I had to send out questionnaires to parents and also get some feedback from the children.

I meanly picked on the four-year-olds. They are more amenable than most ages and you can bribe them easily (so shallow).

It's not long, is it? I mean, to have only been alive for four years (48 months), so can I trust a four-year-olds opinion?
They have limited life experience (obviously), no political views, atrocious social skills and poor table manners. They leak all over the place, pick fights with inappropriate opponents, sleep when it suits them and make unreasonable demands all day long!

Ideal candidates!


"So tell me what you like about Holiday Club" I said, leaving them with another member of staff armed with pens/paint/pencils and paper as I ran off to deal with the outbreak of World War III in the sand.


A while later I came back for the results...

  • A painting of a green fire engine
  • Two sharks and a princess (apparently)
  • Daddy in the garden
  • A study in black felt pen

and then there was this.....










Four-year-olds are completely rubbish at writing but this one may just get presented to HM Inspectors in a gold frame.

It says: "I HAD FUN I DON'T WANT TODAY TO END"


You can always trust a four-year-old to remind you why you like your job!

16 comments:

Leslie Hawes said...

Best haiku I've read in a while.
That one likes you, Minx.

Minx said...

Heh, heh, Leslie, their artwork could give some a run for their money too (not yours, of course).

mac said...

The beauty of a four old is their honesty. They've no reasons to lie, so most do not.

Minx said...

Very true, Mac, they are rubbish at lying and really funny when they try to tell porkies about anything.

Looking at the only pair of small purple stained hands in the room...
"Did you make handprints on the wall?"No, no, it wasn't me"

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

How sweet!!

Did you hug this child? What a darling!

I love that you are spreading your wisdom and love amongst the shorter versions of humanity at large. Good Minx.


XO
Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Minx said...

Oooh no, Scarlett, you can't touch them, they have ooze on their faces and their hands have been in places you don't want to know about!

laughingwolf said...

i had three 4-yr-olds, one at a time, now they're in their 20s... i preferred then as 4-yr-olds ;)

Minx said...

I can't eat a whole one, though, Laughing W!!

rita said...

I love it when my job takes me to the elementary school. Not only are the little darlings photogenic, they are so enthusiastic and full of life. I always leave with a smile on my face...but of course, I'm not there all day with them. Some of the enthusiasm must rub off though.
50% of the cast and crew of the local summer theater that I'm involved in, is made up of teachers.
You would fit right in!

Minx said...

Do the cast of your theatre group like water fights, Rita? Just recovering from a severe soaking!!

bulletholes said...

I was most effective before I was less than 30 inches (75CM ) tall.
Great post!

rita said...

Our theater cast is a lively, fun loving bunch! They range from 16 to 60. I love them all, even though they give me grief when I have to take all of their head shots for the theatre programme every year. What a bunch of Prima Donnas on press night! They are so worried I'll make them look fat or old or something. I never do of course.

Minx said...

Are you a little taller now, Bullets?

Rita, you could have so much fun with yer camera - wide lens, bad lighting etc. How much is a 'good' photo worth! Hehehe.

Rita said...

When someone asks me if I'm going to make them look fat, I always want to say, "I don't make you look fat, you make you look fat."

jewelry said...

How lovely to read it step by step! It's almost like being there. Keep us informed....

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