by Sarah Lu
Today was a day filled with the magic of imaginary play. During the morning hours a group ventured outside and four children began a game of dolphins swimming in the ocean. The game progressed fluidly, as it often does, into the play of ‘naughty dolphins’ who were driving away and never coming home again (I was the default mama dolphin). This play was one of dozens of ways the graduating children are processing moving on to Kindergarten.
We continued the imaginary during a dress rehearsal for the graduation play that will be performed next Friday. Kabushka, the fairies (Lillydaffadowndilly and Rosabelle), the Imps (ImpWorm, ImpTwo, and Immy the Imp), the Kitty Warriors (Jake and Ozzie), all donned their simple costumes, and we rehearsed the play under the Tulip Tree in the stump circle, which will serve as our stage next week.
This is a play that began with story-telling during story workshop, and has emerged over the last two months as quite a drama. There is some big sneakiness happening in the play, a great battle, exclusion, making amends, camaraderie, fear and anxiety, and the growing of metaphorical wings. Sounds a lot like preschool!
During the play I will be accompanying and narrating on my accordion. And after wards many of the children wanted a chance to sit and play the instrument.
I think maybe I need to get a smaller accordion!