I have a very interesting class this year. Because we are a combined preschool and kindergarten classroom, my class ranges from almost 3 (will be three the beginning of January) to just 6 (was held back). For lessons, we divide into two groups, for centers/free play, everyone is together. My temporary assistant just left, and I'm having a new one for a trial tomorrow, so that doesn't help this situation either. (I know I'm rambling, it's been a LONG day!) The problem is the youngest one. I think she's pretty much on target developmentally, (except for maybe needing some speech therapy, which is on my list of things to discuss with my director) but in our classroom, it's very difficult to deal with! She needs someone to go with her to the bathroom-down the hall-because a) she can't get onto the toilet herself, b) she can't pull up her underwear herself, c) she can't turn on the water or reach the soap herself. Every half hour or so she says she needs the bathroom, and if you don't take her within two minutes of her saying so, she's wet. I don't insist that she join us the whole time we're having our lessons, because I don't think it's appropriate. However, she's very disruptive when she's off the learning mat playing on her own! She's loud, and constantly comes over to talk to her friends. Then there's playtime. She loves to play, and likes to interact with the other girls, but as soon as someone else touches something she's playing with (a bead from the bead bin, the other ice cream cone) she grabs it and starts running away, shrieking. How do I deal with her without messing up the routines for the other students? Like I said, I don't have a consistent assistant yet, so I can't have someone else focusing entirely on her while I teach and supervise everyone else. What are the appropriate expectations for children this age, and what can I be doing to help prepare her for next year? I don't want this behavior to become too routine, as she is likely to be my student again next year. Any ideas would be appreciated!