Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Define "Yellow"

It was Andy's first day of preschool! I'm finding the differences between this "regular" preschool and Joey's special ed school very... well, different. None of the parents talk to you when you take your kid in. When I picked him up, he hadn't gone to the potty because they aren't allowed to go in with him, even if he needs a little encouragement.

Still, he seemed very happy and excited with his morning. He made a little handprint project, and called his teacher by name. Exciting stuff! He made himself right at home. No crying, no clinging- and since he's been clingy all lat week, that was a bit of a surprise. He found himself some plastic bugs and settled right in.

They did send him home with homework. A preschooler. There are a lot of non-academic things to learn in the world.

It's also interesting to note what the school expects from parents. I know far less of what Andy is doing during the day. I got a note, but it didn't say much. Once a month, one parent has to send in play-doh of a certain color. They send home a recipe. i signed up for September- get it done. My color was yellow. The photo here shows you the results. The neon orange was following the recipe. The pumpkin yellow is using only a quarter of the dye the recipe calls for. You will note that neither batch is yellow. Then I ran out of cream of tartar. So instead of yellow, this month, they have orange.

After all, it came from my house.


Stimey said...

Homework on the first day of preschool?! I hope they're not making him do calculus or anything. My guys' preschool also starts sending homework home for the 4 year olds, mid-way through the year. I guess they have to get ready for kindergarten. I didn't have homework until 4th grade. It makes me a little sad that they have to learn so much so fast.

Your playdough is beautiful! Way better than yellow.

Email me at stimeyland at gmail dot com if you'd like to try to schedule a playdate. Hopefully we'll have some "free" time in common!

Club 166 said...

Homework in preschool???!!!

I guess they haven't read the studies that show that homework may be counterproductive. Not to mention that it tends to make kids sleep deprived, cranky, little robots who hate learning.

Niksmom said...

I think your homemade playdough is beautiful...a lovely autumnal color. Sheesh, they even dictate the color?? Gimme a break!