sometimes i question myself about this whole preschool thing.
ambrose is the youngest in the class, they are a little too laid back on occasion for my taste, and when we are there i spend a lot of time chasing ambrose away from the yard or street or trying to get him to participate when he is not even interested.
having said that, there are so many reasons why i am thankful that we are a part of Na Kamalei KEEP. (here he and his shiny forehead are back on the first day of school when he was almost 18 months wearing the field trip t-shirt they give the kids)
since we have been in the program ambrose has learned so much already. before he would never sit at a snack table and eat- he does that now and looks so adorably grown-up doing so.
he gets along well with the other kids and i love seeing him get that social time with me there to direct it. even when he is in a cranky mood (today) he perks up when he is learning something new and interacting with the other children. i think he is too young for me to just drop him off somewhere and not see how he is treating other kids and what behaviors other kids are teaching him. i can direct the interaction while still letting him figure things out. it is very ideal.
today he went over to the puzzle station and put all of the puzzles together! they were just perfect for him. he was excited and i could sit right there and call out the various colors and he loved the interaction. he even said, "lelo" (yellow) a first for him.
he gets to learn from other adults (teacher auntie keahi, kapuna uncle benny and assistant teacher auntie sharla) as well and learn to listen to them and respect them. i think this is a really important skill to learn.
he learns hawaiian songs and words and we all know that language development is key in brain development.
plus we get to go on cool field trips all the time. last week we were sick for library day, but thursday we get to go to the bishop museum. i like getting to know what resources are available in the community so we can vary our routine and keep learning fun and interesting.
so today i am thankful for this preschool program because it is parent directed, but has all the resources that we dont have at home. i can be there, teaching my son and learning with him, but others are organizing great opportunities for us and so far it has already made a big difference in ambrose's life. that's important to me.
i really believe in parents being the first and most important teacher in the life of their child. we dont always accomplish everything we set out to do since he is so young and oh-so opinionated, but by showing up and trying our best we are learning together and stretching ourselves and seeing progress is the greatest reward for all that effort. i hope i can always find opportunities for my son to learn and grow and i am honored and happy to be a part of it.