This morning we had a meeting with the director of the child development center at our church. We talked with her, introduced her to Knox, and proceeded to visit his potential classrooms and take a tour. The teachers in both one year-old rooms were very nice and were holding kids and playing when we walked in. One of the rooms is the same one Knox stays in for nursery on Sundays, so he ran in and started playing with the toys. We actually left him in there to play while we took the tour. We were so impressed with the center. Each room we visited (which was all of them) was busy doing some kind of craft or educational activity. None of the kids were upset or crying- everyone was happily listening or following along with the activity.
The director explained that there isn’t a real educational curriculum for the “Ones” just because they’re so little, but their focus is really on socialization. They do art projects (even though they are heavy on teacher assistance!) and lots of tactile activities like we saw this morning- sorting pumpkins out of a bucket of macaroni noodles. They read the kids books, take them on walks outside in the “bye-bye buggy”, and every school day they play in the treehouse room. What a cool space! Trevor and I had never ventured that far down the hall before so we’d never seen it. It’s a huge, open indoor playspace with huge playground equipment, a rock wall and a big tree house (that’s safely low to the ground!). I know Knox will love that! The older kids also have music once a week, but he won’t start that until he’s 2.
We both felt really good about the experience, so I went ahead and paid our registration and first month’s tuition. Knox will start “school” on Wednesday of next week. I mentioned to the director about Knox’s lack of talking, and she told me that she has a two year-old grandson that doesn’t talk, and that they’ve been working with Early Intervention for him. I was so encouraged to hear that because I know they’ll be very supportive of Knox in that environment. Plus, she said it had done wonders for her grandson and he was starting to talk. Our doctor referred us to E.I. as well for an evaluation, so we’re just waiting on our call from them to make our appointment. We really think all of these things are going to be great for Knox and are very excited to get started.
Knox was THRILLED to be at church, I don’t think he stopped smiling the entire time! People kept telling us how cute he was and what a great smile he had. He was just radiating joy, so I really think he is going to love this preschool experience!
I had to share these pictures with you guys. I went out for a birthday pedicure on Saturday, so Trevor watched Knox. Apparently, they must have played very hard because Trevor said he looked down, and amidst the chaos, Knox had totally passed out while playing. He has never done this- he generally only falls asleep in his bed or in the car. He was holding a wooden puzzle piece when he fell asleep. So cute!
This work, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.