Can the Right Kinds of Play Teach Self-Control? She was bent ny preschool age over her clipboard, a stubby pencil in her hand, slowly scratching out the letters in the book’s title, one by one: T H E.
Jocelyn said, staring forcefully at her classmate. Henry, sitting next to her, sighed dramatically. I’m going as fast as I can! She brushed a strand of hair out of her eyes and plowed ahead: V E R Y. The three children were seated at their classroom’s listening center, where their assignment was to leaf through a book together while listening on headphones to a CD with the voice of a teacher reading it aloud. The book in question was lying on the table in front of Jocelyn, and every few seconds, Abigail would jump up and lean over Jocelyn to peer at the cover, checking what came next in the title. Henry fiddled with the CD player.
Like Abigail and Jocelyn, he was a kindergarten student in Red Bank, a small town near the New Jersey shore. He and Jocelyn had long ago finished writing the title of the book on their lesson plans. They already had their headphones on. The only thing standing between them and the story was the pencil clutched in their classmate’s hand. For all their impatience, they knew the rule of the listening center: You don’t start listening to the story until everyone is ready. The Tools of the Mind program at a school in Red Bank, N. He grabbed his face and lowered his head to the desk with a clunk.