Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Montessori School

At the beginning of January '08 Aaron started at a Montessori school and he goes 5 afternoon's a week from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. He loves it and has made some friends - quite amusing to watch them playing together.

When he started there were only 5 children in the class, 4 boys and 1 girl, but in the last week another little boy has started and a little girl has been to see if she likes it!

Hugo and Aaron are great mates, (Hugo is half Korean and half Malay). From what the teachers tell me they spend their afternoon's copying each other!
(Photo on left is Aaron and Hugo dressed up for Chinese New Year costume day - Aaron is modelling half chinese and half kiwi clothing! Hugo is wearing a Korean outfit.)

On Tuesday's they have a music lesson with a teacher that comes to teach music to all the classes. I was allowed to go and watch for a while one day and they spend the time playing with sticks and running round like loonies. Aaron pretty much did what he liked! He kept getting up and gravitating to the CD player and when he thought no-one was watching he would try and push buttons. (Sigh ... he's so like his Father!) :-)

Every 2nd Friday they have a cooking lesson, last Friday it was sushi. He very proudly bought home 2 little pieces of sushi. (Teacher told me he quite liked it and ate quite a bit at school!) Photo on left they were making little biscuits for Chinese New Year (I didn't think they were very nice, but he ate them!) All the kids had a turn at stirring and then spooning out a little piece to put on the tray.

Recently I have been very frustrated at Aaron not eating his tea. In the past this hasn't been a problem, eating was easy! Anyway when I took him down to school yesterday the teacher said he likes sandwiches. I said oh, do you have them for afternoon tea?

Well, I discovered to my horror (and amusement) that he eats about 8 cheese sandwiches. (I am hoping that that are are very small quarters! But that still makes it 4 slices of bread!) So problem solved why he's mucking about and not interested in his tea!

They are also taught to wash their hands. Aaron has taken this lesson to heart and washes his hands at every opportunity.

Most days when I pick Aaron up from school I get a little snippet of info on what he's been like, or has done etc. The first week it was "he's very obedient" - I don't need to tell you how that made me feel :-) Now though it's a different story - it's "Aaron has been very mischievous today", which interpreted is he's been very naughty! Another time it was ... "I had to correct Aaron today, he's been playing with his spit". Nice. Haven't heard that for a week or so now, so hopefully he's had that "corrected" out of him!

He's learning colours, but has latched onto "colour green". Everything is "colour green" unless it's green then he says "colour red"! So go figure, maybe he's colour blind. He can count to "eleben" and can say/sing his ABC's. Favourite letter is "G for Grandma and G for Ground" (from the lift buttons).

1 comment:

Penny said...

Cute! Tim was obsessed with hand washing at day care too. Pity it hasn't continued.

No wonder Aaron isn't hungry! LOL!