Monday, October 09, 2006

Today's appointment

Ok, I think all of you have read this elsewhere, this blog is mostly for the benefit of my family that might be reading here :)...

Checked out the boys' new school today. First off, they both loved it and are keen to go! Erik wants to start right away this term, but we've explained that he'll be going to weekly transition sessions on Thursdays throughout November and then the Principal suggested he do two half days and a full day in the class he'll go into next year, so he has a chance to get to know the kids...

Luey will do the transition sessions with Erik, they're mostly for Luey anyway, as he'll be going into preps.

The school seemed very relaxed, and informal, though with classrooms etc. but there were kids wandering between classrooms, and school buildings doing stuff the whole time we were there. Within each classroom there were different activities as well, so in one classroom they were learning about the concept of "half" in time, reading the clock, and a bunch of kids were on the floor with the teacher looking at a clock face, while a couple of kids were at a table folding circles in half, and another boys was sorting through some cards (Luey jumped right in to help him)...

The kids are allowed to graze from their lunchboxes throughout the day, and have bottles of water at their desk. It was interesting that each classroom had several computer terminals, and apparently the teacher and the kids use these to research information for their topics and classes...

Each child has a folio of their work that all the teachers from the school, including the librarian and PE teacher help contribute to.

The older classes put together shows and performance that they take to kinders and perform for other kids (Erik's going to LOVE that)... Also older classes "buddy" younger classes, so a whole older class is responsible for helping and caring for a whole younger class and working with thing on school festivals etc.

I don't really know what other school are like, but this one seems ok. I didn't hope for a "school" experience for my boys, but if they have to have one, then this isn't a bad school for them to experience, i think :)...

3 comments:

loz said...

So glad to hear you all hada positive experience with the potential school and that Erik and Luey can transition into it:)

Some big changes ahead good luck getting through them, Oh I have to apologise for not getting in here I didn't realise you'd updated thanks to blogrolling!! Will remember to check now:)

Anonymous said...

Sounds good Sif! Little babysteps will help the transition a little easier on you all.

TC :)

Cabrissi Tea said...

This is such a happy-sad post Sif! Happy of course because you've found a school you like overall... it does sound really nice... and that your boys are able so self-aware to ask for what they want/need for themselves which is so amazing, that they seem quite happy with their choice and that you're able to find some some peace/growth/happiness for their excitement in it... but also sad because I know this has been and will continue to be a tough journey (both the school thing and the self-alignment thing) an unexpected change and big transition as well.

Change, and then change back...