Philosophers and mystics agree on the importance of living in the present moment.
Be Here Now. I try, but it's definitely a practice for me. I'm an adult.
My kindergarten friends don't have to work at being in the moment like I do. Well, maybe at this time of year, with Christmas coming, they have trouble, too.
But for most of the year, this is what a calendar looks like inside a kindergarten brain:
Many four and five year-old children have fuzzy ideas about time apart from the present.
Sometimes they say "yesterday" when they mean "tomorrow." And vice versa.
Of course, as a kindergarten teacher I am expected to change that.
I am supposed to get students to think about, understand, and demonstrate that they know all about minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and even years. Knowing what philosophers say, I wish I could leave the calendar for mañana.
When I do teach about time, I'm usually singing a calendar song, accompanying myself on guitar. My students sing along.
If I lecture on these topics, the students listen politely, patiently, but without vital interest, except in December, of course.
Here is an adult brain's calendar, as a kindergartner would imagine it:
A shout out to Bev Bos, who first showed me these calendars. If you follow this link, you can see her online store. She's got some good books and merchandise for play-based preschools.