Second, on his worst day, Ryan isn't as wild as a couple of the boys in his class. One of them really surprised me. He's so unsuspecting, sucking his thumb and holding his little dog. But he's the hyper one who instigates the other kids to push, spit and misbehave. His mom is so sweet, too. I don't know if she has any idea how he is around other kids.
- They have a "wood shop" station set up outside where they have real hammers and nails that the kids can tap/pound into big Styrofoam pieces. It was so basic, yet they're learning a real household skill at the age of 3!
- There are several jobs that are assigned each day and they rotate each job. They include being the line leader, the bell ringer (for recess), the song leader, the weather helper and the calendar helper. They discuss days of the week and assess the weather each day. There are several things she does that I'm excited to reinforce at home.
- She has a mini pitcher at each table for snack time and lets the kids refill their own cups. I would have never thought Ryan was ready for that. She also taught him to crack an egg a few weeks ago. Last night I taught him how to pull it apart and keep the shells out of the batter. She has them responsible for so much...picking up after themselves and each other, clearing their place after snacktime, putting their pin on in the morning and storing their backpack in their cubby to name a few.
- One of the crafts they did today (in addition to cutting pictures of toys out of catalogs and making homemade cranberry salsa, which was delicious!!!) was to stamp and staple strips of red and green paper. It reminded me that we should make a construction paper chain link to count down to Christmas Day. Maybe that will help Ryan stop asking me daily if it's time to open presents yet.