I thought today would be better than yesterday…but that was not the case. I guess the novelty of things kept the boys more excited yesterday. Today, they were great during free play time…barely looked at me. They painted, played with sand, did some carpentry and played with cars and trucks. When it was time to go into the classroom for music both Sid and Nish came and stood by me. Not clinging, not crying or whining but not keen on going inside either. I sat there and kept reading my book. After a while they moved to the window The teacher gave them little chairs so they could sit outside the classroom an still see what was happening. I could see that they were interested…especially when the class started singing Wheels on the Bus which the twins love..but not interested enough to go in.
Later, they had gymnastics and they watched the gym teacher helping other kids do somersaults. During this time, Nish was busy trying to dislodge his bag from the hook (refused any help offered) and Sid was alternating between peeking into the classroom and running around the outdoor space. Finally Sid ventured in and made a few attempts at somersaults on his own. Their interest perked up when the kids were painting inside and so they finally went in and did home hand painting and some painting with shaving brushes…in fact, they seemed to enjoy this and were reluctant to stop although it was almost time to go home.
The teachers are patient and non pushy which is good. I sit on the bench and look busy and redirect the kids to the teachers if they come to ask me for or about anything. If they want to sit with me it’s ok…they will go back in when they are ready and interested.
Tomorrow is another day. Sid seems excited about the whole snack box deal – he polished off his jam and cheese sandwiches and wants beans and sprouts and carrot sticks tomorrow!