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July 10th, 2010:

First Week of School

AA went through his first week of school, and the short and the long of it is that he LOVED it.

He loves to drive the car

Although he’s good at playing by himself and with us, he has not had as many kid play partners as we would have liked.  I was a little worried that he wouldn’t play well with others, or that he’d be nervous around other adults (the teachers)  So far, not at all.  He has taken to school/camp like a duck to water.

He’s the youngest kid there, but he’s not the smallest or the least developed either verbally or physically.  (Which we were a little worried about.  He’s in the 25th percentile of height and the 10th percentile of weight.  The class

normally is supposed to be for 2 years old or over, but they made an exception for us)

The school is 2 1/4 hours 3 days a week (9-11:15 am)  The first 45 minutes is kind of free play– there’s a kitchen to play in, and lots of different kinds of blocks, and tables for play-dough, and for coloring, and an easel to do some painting on.  AA is a big fan of painting.  He takes after my mom that way (who was an art teacher)  He loves to create stuff and see it take shape on the paper.

During the free play, there’s less kid interaction than I expected.  Maybe it’s because kids this age don’t play together as much as they play at the same time.  AA likes to watch the kids play, but he does his own thing mostly.

The artist at work

After 45 minutes, it’s cleanup time, and then it’s time for a snack.  We are hoping that peer pressure will get him to stop drinking milk out of a bottle and out of a cup.  So far, no luck.  He just keeps on requesting water (which he does drink out of a cup)

After the snack, they sing a few songs, and AA is an arduous dancer during this segment.  Now it’s around 10:15, and it’s time to get dressed into water clothes and go to the outdoor playground, where they have riding toys and climbing stuff, and a couple of sprinklers set up.  If it’s too hot or too rainy, the class stays inside in a racquetball court.  I’ve been twice out of the three days (S went the second day) and both times I went it was too hot or the air quality alert was out.  So it’s been the racquetball court for us.

They also have a riding rollercoaster track, which is quite fun.
Here’s two videos of him enjoying the rollercoaster track/car.