A week in Pre-school


We defend our homemade castles
made of anything and everything,
creating moats full of crocodiles
or man eating sharks - SCREAM!

Our houses of bricks stay strong
while the big bad wolf huffs and puffs
and the ugly troll growls from beneath
the bridge of three Billy Goats Gruff.
Why DOES everybody want to be the troll?


We cook burgers and snacks
for the busy bikes and cars
that pass by on the drive to work.
Set up roadworks and crossings
learning road safety, through play.

Meanwhile... young mums OR dads take a walk
baby in pram and dog on a leash.
Taking a stroll round the sensory area to
smell the herbs and listen to wind-chimes,
feel the textures and watch many spinning lights.
Until it's time to go home again. End of the day.


Gloop of many colours get mixed together
as we write letters in the thick sludge
flicking on faces causing circles of giggles,
squishing and squelching - exploring touch.

Friends fall out but not for long
disputes sorted with tact and compassion
We encourage and nurture each child
with comfort and care - showing the way,
developing social skills for life... and today,

it ends with a song, a nice story or two,
a squabble over lunch boxes, or even a shoe?
Well somebody must have seen it?


We learn sounds and phonetics from recognition and rhymes.
Learn to form all our letters and write all of our names.
when it rains we run for our wellies... splash in puddles
taste raindrops on our tongue and follow it's rivers.
and smile... just because we're playing with the rain.

We make patterns with fruit and add one more
counting cleverly as we grow - creating memories
from the building bricks of learning. We secure
the strongest of foundations, then... the bell goes!


We dress up for role play as pirates and princesses.
Dragons and knights alter our surroundings for scenes,
inspiring creativity through carefully managed chaos.

Blocks are anything you want them to be.
Construction; a task best shared with friends,
interaction and problem solving is as basic as
seeing what works and what doesn't. Then...
laughing when it all goes wrong and starting again!.

We finish with baking and eat what we make
Rewards are awarded and work taken home
awaiting prized place on the fridge or a wall.
A shared read together ends our week with a bang!
Then we fly out the door to greet the weekend,
to write next weeks "show and tell" news.

***MY WEEK***

I share with young minds the adventures of their world
throughout each school day we teach through play.

And… I cannot help but feel privileged to be part of this.
even if I do sometimes look quite mad to others.
Getting down to their level Is just the best fun ever!
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Submitted on May 02, 2011

Modified on April 28, 2023

2:25 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 2,631
Words 480
Stanzas 14
Stanza Lengths 4, 5, 5, 6, 4, 5, 3, 5, 4, 3, 5, 6, 2, 3

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