Why Scripts Make Sense
I’m sure you’ve noticed that Romp n’ Roll classes tend to follow a standard “schedule” each session. It’s not that the little ones do the same thing every time, but there is a regular order to the type of activities pursued. While this may seem redundant to you at times, it actually is a sure sign that the people conducting the classes really understand how the minds of young children work.
Let’s say your four-year-old knows that Grandma is coming to visit. He anxiously asks, “When is Grandma going to be here?”
You reply, “Grandma will be here at about six o’clock.”
The four-year-old looks at is watch and bemoans, “Six o’clock! That’s over three hours from now!”
Okay. Four-year-olds don’t have watches and can’t tell time. So “six o’clock” is meaningless. But if you say, “Grandma will be here when ‘Sesame Street’ is over” or “Grandma will be here when we sit down to dinner” or “Grandma will be here when Daddy gets home from work,” now he knows exactly when Grandma will arrive.
The fact is that preschoolers build a “script” for what typically happens in the course of the day and for what typically happens within specific segments of the day. That way, when new or different things are going to occur or when they want to monitor the progress of familiar things, they have a way to position those things in time in a way that makes sense to them.
So if you are ever concerned with the “regularity” of a Romp n’ Roll class, remember that this regularity is exactly what allows your little one to eagerly anticipate what’s coming next.