Archy's a popular guy in kindergarten.
He's been with me since 1979, but magically, Archy is 4.
He has impulse control issues. He blurts, he shouts, he yodels. Yet he is my constant companion in the early weeks of kindergarten because he is remarkably discerning of his emotional life. He can describe his emotions with amazing accuracy.
Yes, Archy is my mouse puppet. His whole name is Archy Denison, and yes, Archy was a stowaway on the Venturer and has been to Dinotopia.
Archy comes to my rescue every time I need to navigate some treacherous emotional waters: stealing, not sharing, name calling, cutting in line, being afraid of snakes, cats, dogs, or frustration or discouragement.
Rather than risk humiliating a child with light fingers, for example, Archy can pilfer a cherished bauble, get caught, and become the object of my lecture about not stealing. I can rely on Archy to reflect on his behavior quite skillfully, discover his feelings of remorse, and offer a heartfelt apology (always accepted) for his transgression.
Consider finding an Archy for your kindergarten.Here is Archy Gurning.
Gurning is the ability to make a good face. It's a family talent. My brother, Jim, of Dinotopia fame, has developed this talent. You can read about Gurning on his blog, Gurney Journey. Jim's well-illustrated blog is well worth a visit. Check it out at