Thursday, March 31, 2011

Aidan's first shadow day

Yesterday, Aidan had his first "shadow" day at school.  What they do at AISK for future or potential students is to allow them to shadow their class for a day so they can see what it's like and, for the little ones, get used to it.  Since Aidan hasn't been in a school setting before, we're doing it slowly.  Yesterday, I went in with him for an hour while Ms. Edwards did calendar math with the kids and then they had time to play at their learning centres.  Aidan was very shy and didn't want to say anything during the lesson but he took it all in.  When it came to playing at the centres, he was good.  He chose to work with the Play Doh and he was very happy doing that.  He did it on his own, without me being anywhere near him, and he was sad to leave.

While the lesson was happening, Aidan wanted to get up and move around.  I told him that he had to stay sitting down and he asked, "Why?"  I explained that Ms. Edwards was teaching a lesson and that she had asked everyone to sit nicely.  He sat back down but wasn't entirely pleased with that.  That's the adjustment that will be the toughest for him, I think.  He's used to being at home and playing with what he likes, when he likes.  He'll be fine but it'll take a little bit for him to get used to it.

We go back on Friday morning for a little longer.  Not sure if I'll be sitting in or not - I'll have to talk with his teacher to see what she thinks.  But I think he'll have a great time at school!
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