Monday, March 29, 2010

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We always knew that we wanted Anna to attend preschool even though my husband is staying home with her. Without siblings she is too wrapped up in our adult world at home, and she is not the child who is actively looking for other peers to play with. She is quite happy with parents as playmates. A few hours a week of supervised playdates and classes were not going to change it. She started going to preschool when she was about 2.5, but things were not going smoothly in her multi-age Christian preschool. She was very disappointed when her best friends graduated and she was left “with babies” her age. Also I was not entirely comfortable with that school religious  Mar27_ArtShow4 curriculum and how Anna interpreted what she was hearing there. So we started our search yet again and found a secular preschool that we, the parents, immediately liked. It doesn’t call itself Montessori or Waldorf or any other name. Its mission statement says, We encourage exploration, imagination, creativity, problem solving, and appreciation for uniqueness and differences in personalities, abilities and appearances. Mar27_ArtShow3 And they do. Anna loves her school, and we love the program and enthusiasm and professionalism of the staff and her teachers. Every time I drop her off (I get to do it once or twice a week), there is so much for children to do during free morning time depending on their interests. Anna tends to go to the science tools, building blocks and puzzles first. Many kids play dress up or look at Mar27_ArtShow2 books. Some others are getting creative with supervised free art – it includes shaving cream, cutting, pasting, stickers galore, etc. And then there is structured time which is mostly story time, music and art centered around the theme of the week. They also cook every Wednesday in their “Green Frog Cafe”. Every spring school has The Art Show where every classroom displays their best creations. Anna was very secretive about her contributions to Mar27_ArtShow1this  Art Show – she was insisting that it’s going to be a surprise. And we were pleasantly surprised to see so many creative artwork by so many kids in one place. The Art Show was on Saturday at 11 am, and Anna was begging to go to school since 7 in the morning. A lot of her friends were there with their parents showing off their pieces excitedly and proudly. Anna’s favorite was her clay caterpillar – she really wants to take it home as soon as possible. Our favorite was her self-Mar27_ArtShow6portrait, every child made one, and the teachers did a fantastic display of them. Even though Anna doesn’t seem to have much of an interest for art at home, she is doodling a lot more lately, and now I understand much better how she comes up with some of her creative ideas. We are very excited for another year in this warm and welcoming school before she goes off to a “big school” and hopefully also encounters dedicated teachers who will build on her strengths and help her try new things without a fear of failure that she sometimes displays at home.

13 comments:

Christy said...

I think it's fantastic that the preschool has this art show. I like Anna's self portrait.

jenny said...

The self portrait is a gorgeous idea and so beautifully presented. The teachers must have all put a lot of time and effort into getting things ready for the art show!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What a nice idea for the school to have an art show. It looks like the teachers really worked hard to display the children's work creatively - terrific support, and encouragement for the children!

Ticia said...

What a cool idea to have an art school! I have to admit my kids are usually not all that concerned about their art and usually once they've made it are done with it.
And now you get to see what she's been so busy doing, how cool is that?

Debbie said...

This is such a treasured memory. I love the self portrait that Anna made.

Joyful Learner said...

Her self portrait is lovely! I would frame that and hang it up! Her preschool sounds like it's filled with loving and dedicated teachers. I'm all for multi-age environments but seeing it from a child's perspective, I can imagine Anna's disappointment when her older friends leave.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a wonderful school! Sounds like she is really thriving there! You must have been so proud of all her creative beautiful artwork!

Quirky Momma said...

looks like she had fun! I love the red butterflies!

Elise said...

How exciting for the students to have the opportunity to proudly display their creative artworks in an exhibition. I think it was lovely that Anna was so keen to get to school the morning of the art show to show you what she had made. I love that she kept it under wraps and made it such a beautiful surprise for you.

The dedicated teachers have done a fabulous job at setting it up and displaying each of the children's pieces in such a special way. Anna's self portrait is precious. I bet you can't wait to have that in your home.

Cara said...

This sounds like such an amazing preschool! I'm so glad that you were able to find something that made Anna (and you, the parents) happy. The Art Show is such a great idea. Kids are so proud of their art, and can't wait to show it off.

I'm not too happy with the school my son is attending right now, and but I am really excited about the new school he'll be attending next year. It sounds quite a bit like the school Anna is at.

Susana said...

Anna's self portrait is wonderful Natalie.

Her art show looks amazing too. I love art, just love it--in so many forms.

Anna's school looks super. It reminds me of the same preschool/5K Hanna attended that I SO loved! Here is the link, if you have a minute check it out just out of curiousity:-).

http://harmonyschoolsc.com/

Pathfinder Mom said...

You are SO lucky to have found such a great school. I love those projects. We tried two different schools and really didn't care that much for either one of them - they definitely had nothing like this! Beautiful work, Anna!

MaryAnne said...

Anna's school sounds fantastic, and I love her self-portrait! We plan to send Emma to preschool this fall, but we are still searching for something like this...