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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET since it was October, I had spent the previous evening cutting out various sizes of orange construction paper “pumpkins” so that I could teach twelve, three -year -olds about size by having them glue the pumpkins on their paper in order from big to little. I brought the pumpkins (and even the little green stems) into class and began telling the children how to do it, but all they wanted to do was squeeze the glue out! They were not doing it “right” and I was getting very frustrated! My lesson plans said that today we were going to learn about “small- medium-large” but all these children wanted to learn about was how to empty glue bottles! I was going to use this project to decorate the bulletin board! But how was I going to fill up the holiday board with this holiday art if all they wanted to do was pile the pumpkins all on top of one another? The projects didn’t even look right! You couldn’t even tell that they were pumpkins! I was still getting upset. To make it worse, while the kids were “creating,” I kept saying things like, “NO NO NO NO! STOP STOP STOP! YOU ARE USING TOO MUCH GLUE— HERE, WATCH ME!” I was totally and completely destroying any shred of creativity this project ever had. The children were getting up and leaving the art table. Who can blame them? They were determined to find something in the room that actually interested them. I was frantically cutting out more pumpkins and more stems, begging the children to “please come back and make one more. It’s for the board! Come make one for your mom!” when Cynde stood up. She COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 15