During centers today I wanted to listen in on the interactions of the maybe-on-the-spectrum child in the house corner, so I sat at the adjacent art center and listened in. Then I pulled closer and asked some questions.
Mrs. X: Who are you? What are you doing with the food in the corner?
Child A: I’m the cat. I’m storing food.
Mrs. X: How about you?
Raspberry: I’m the mom.
Mrs. X: And who are you?
Child B: I’m the random homeless guy.
(Child B later explained, “there was a flood, so I had to run away from it, so I ran into their house, and I made them watch tv, so they could see the flood, and they’d understand.”)
Later, I found Raspberry and Cherry under the table, with a baby doll. “Hi guys, ” I said. “Whatcha doing?” “We’re hiding from the flood,” they said.
Over in the corner, Child A and Child B were behind a barrier of cradles and chairs and lots of food. “What are you guys doing over here?” I asked. “We’re hiding from the flood,” they answered. “See, we built a wall so the water can’t get in.”
A few minutes later, I returned to the house corner. Cherry had a pillow under her shirt. “Cherry’s having a baby!” they all exclaimed. We had a pregnant teacher visiting the room that day, so I can see where that idea came from.