. . . must be blood.
Tis the season. Our classroom has geared up for Christmas. One of our first art projects (these are coordination and eye-hand control lessons) was painting, cutting out and decorating cute little reindeer. Pipe cleaner antlers and red noses must be attached.
Alyce, our paraprofessional works one-on-one with each child, leading them through the steps of the project. Day one they paint; day two they cut out; day three they decorate. Lessons must be done in very short time stages because 3-4 year olds have very short attention spans.
Yesterday was day three. Before the kids even arrived at school, Alyce had the art corner set up with brown pipe cleaner, red glitter and glue. As soon as phonics and story hour were complete, she was ready to begin.
Chaz entered the room and sat down to his phonics (out and waiting for them when they arrive). He has to match letters to pictures — Ally alligator goes with A, Bubba Bear goes with B ….. As he is working industriously (with me sitting next to him prompting) , he spots a tiny piece of red glitter on the end of his left index finger. He points it at me and exclaims, “Wook!”
“Uhm, glitter,” I said. Then I handed him R and asked him to find Robby Rabbit.
He looked at me like I was nuts and waved his finger closer to my nose. “Wook!” He shrieked.
I detected a note of panic is his voice and shifted my attention from phonics to figuring out what his problem was. I looked more closely. It was still glitter. One tiny little piece. “It’s glitter. Don’t worry about it. Come on, do your work.”
He grabbed his finger in his right hand and squeezed. “Bweeding!” He shrieked.
“Glitter,” I corrected. I took my fingernail and gently lifted the glitter away.
“Wha–?” He exclaimed, then examined the glitter on the end of my finger. “Otay,” he said, instantly calm. He returned to his work.
Later Alyce called him to the art table and modeled for him picking up a pinch of glitter and sprinkling it on the glue she’d already placed on the reindeer’s nose. Chaz complied — missing the glue completely and scattering glitter across the able. And then he noticed how much was stuck to his hand. “No! No! No!” He wailed, and flung his hand about wildly. Alyce quickly calmed him, got him to finish the reindeer’s nose, then took him to the sink and washed every single speck of glitter from his hands.
We thought it best not to mention the little red dots clinging to his face and hair ….