The other day we were scheduled to have an earthquake drill at school, but because it was Monday, and Monday was Pilgrims day, after all, I got all caught up in doing watercolor paintings of turkeys, playing with button spinners, and doing bean bag games, instead of warning and prepping my kids for the shaky, quaky event.
So instead of an organized line of children who calmly crawled under the tables, I had 7 children who heard the rumblings over the PA and then ran toward the tables, confused but hurrying.
This is a pretend earthquake. Please get under the tables, but remember we are just practicing for an earthquake. It's okay, G. Everything is okay. See how I am smiling while I talk to you. No need to shake. We are just pretending.
Other kids needed some encouragement to even notice something was going on that was out of the ordinary.
Do you hear that rumbling, K? We need to hurry and quickly get under this table! This one right here, K! Fast now. But we are only practicing, G., so don't worry. But please hurry, you three!
I am even confusing myself.