The boys are going to start school soon. We are all pretty excited about it and they have got lovely school bags and water bottles that my mum got them. Last week, Nish asked me whether we could go see his new school. I called up the school and they were more than happy to have us visit.
So, we went this morning at 9. We walked in and the space was set up for free play. There were about 7-8 kids already there. Sid went straight towards the water play area and waited for an apron..the first one he has worn. I really missed having my camera on me…he looked adorable in his polka dotted apron with his hands covered with suds. Nish on the other hand stood around for a bit and surveyed his options. He then headed for the sand pit. One of the teachers wished him good morning and it was nice to hear him respond to the greeting. He pulled off his shoes with a little help and got into the pit. There were pails and shovels and sand toys of all kinds including a couple of lovely large shovels. He spent a good amount of time there before emerging all covered with sand. Got all washed and cleaned up with a little help and then headed off to explore the different classrooms.
Sid spent a long time at the water play table. He ran between the table and the sink with suds and then finally decided he was done with the suds and ready for the sand. Nish played around with some cars in one of the classrooms and then headed to the water play. Sid moved on to the carpentry table. The boys seemed quite comfortable – they did not seem to need me much but looked occasionally in my direction to smile or show me something. Sid took the play dough out of the classroom and was politely asked to play with it inside. he refused flat out but a little later went in on his own with it…it will be interesting to see how he responds to structure – he is a little rebellious and generally has a mind of his own.
The school looks really nice and i am glad we picked this one for the boys. i wanted a place where they can remain curious and learn through experience and inquiry..a place that will help them learn to work with others and in some structured settings without taking away their individuality or breaking their spirit. I want them to be excited about each day and about the people they are with. I hope they have a lovely time here …