The kindergartners stop what they are doing.
“Now, everybody stomp your feet!” The children oblige and watch carefully for their teacher’s next command.
“Everybody freeze again!”
“Good,” she compliments them. Her band of mimics, which includes my 6-year-old son Jude, is doing a nice job of following her movements and looking at her face.
When Jude seamlessly makes the transition from one activity to the next, he is rewarded with a “Great job!” and one minute of individual play with an action figure of his choice. When his minute is up and …