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Director's Column: Knock, Knock!

This week, I was having lunch with the extended day group, and they began to tell knock-knock jokes. One thing I love about children is that they are naturally funny…except when they are trying to be funny. If you have ever sat through a week of snack time listening to children, who don’t understand knock-knock jokes, telling knock-knock jokes, you know what I mean. However, if you sit through a week of snack time just listening to children talk, they can be hysterically funny.

I can’t count how many times a day I laugh at something a child says or does. Preschoolers do not have much of a filter; they will say out loud whatever thought happens to pop into their heads. When you reward them with a smile or laugh, they absolutely love it.

Although it wasn’t part of the job description, one of the important qualities that all of our teachers possess is a sense of humor. When they laugh in the classroom, it contributes to a fun, positive atmosphere. It teaches children not to take themselves so seriously, to lighten up and enjoy themselves. It can often diffuse a difficult moment. After doing a little research, I’ve learned that there are other benefits to laughing:

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Reduces stress hormone levels

  • A fun ab workout!

  • Improves cardiac health

  • Boosts T-cells

  • Triggers the release of endorphins

  • Produces a general sense of well-being

So, in the spirit of laughter, I leave you with my favorite kids joke:

How do you make a tissue dance?

Put a little boogie in it!

Best, Nina

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