“Boys and girls it’s time for gym! If you’re a packer please get your lunch and line up. The rest of you may line up as well. We’re going to leave our lunches outside the gym like we always do, and then we’ll just head next door when gym is over."
“But Mrs. Smythe, Mrs. Smythe, Mrs. SMYTHE! I’m hungry NOW! I’m hungry right now!” Sasha whined as she stood beside me and yelled relentlessly at me during my whole line- up speech.
“Sasha, please wait." I said calmly, "I have to yell at everyone before I can talk to you.”
“NO!” She yelled s she stomped her foot. “I want to eat lunch right now!”
“Sasha, we just had our snack 30 minutes ago, and will go to lunch right after gym. You have to take your lunch and please line up.” I explained, in my best firm teacher voice.
“If I don’t eat my lunch right now, my stomach is going to get very mad!” She pouted.
“And if you don’t line up right now, the teacher is going to get very mad and then we might have to call mommy and talk to her about it.” I explained quietly.
She looked at me intently, turned, grabbed her lunch and marched to the end of the line.
And that’s how we roll in kindergarten.