This week I checked in with a friend who teaches pre-school in St Paul. Sometimes her students come to school without boots and mittens so they can't build snowmen and play outside with their classmates. I help her fill the winter wardrobe gaps so all thess kids can play and learn together.
I always start with the same question, "Does everyone have a warm coat?" This has never been an issue before so I was shocked when she said, "One of my very tiny girls comes in a sweatshirt everyday."
Luckily my end of the season clearance shopping had resulted in a couple of coats in her size and I could drop them off in the morning. It was 6 degrees when I brought them to the school. Even if the wait at the bus stop is short, the heat is working on the bus, and the driver parks right at the door, a tiny 4 year old would be very cold by the time she arrives at school. How long before she thaws out to learn and how distracted is she by the idea that a cold trip home awaits her?