V and I occasionally have conversations about the kids we watch now, and how different their lives are from when we were three and four. Definitely more scheduling these days. And a lot less TV - granted, there were fewer choices, but we pretty much watched what we wanted, for however long we wanted.
I got a song stuck in my head tonight that brought all this to the forefront of my mind. In the class that the twins are in on Fridays, we sing a hello song: "Hello, Patrick, hello. Hello, Patrick, hello. Hello, Patrick, hello. We're glad you're here today." Repeat around the circle.
Now when I was little, Barney taught me the way to remember everyone's name.
Everyone: "Megan stole the cookies from the cookie jar!"
Megan: "Who me?"
Everyone: "Yes you!"
Megan: "Couldn't be!"
Everyone: "Then who?"
Megan then would call out a different kid's name, and it would start all over.
"Bryan stole the cookies..."
Somehow, I don't think this would really fly in preschools anymore.