I spent a half day with my coop and the kindergartens yesterday morning and it was such a delight. She has over 20 students in her room, which seems like a lot for kindergarten, but the routines she has established make transitions seamless. She also has an EA in the room to assist a student who uses an iPad to communicate. She was able to tell us what she did the night before by selecting the word/symbols she needed to create a sentence that the iPad spoke out-loud for her. We are going to have another student next year in the Discovery Pre-School who will be getting his own iPad to use for the same thing. I think it will be really neat to be a part of his learning experience as he figures out how to communicate with his new "voice".
I am really looking forward to the upcoming semester. Being in the classroom yesterday made me miss teaching. I also recalled that a person cannot visit a room of kids and not come away with at least one funny story. So, here goes. Yesterday morning the kinders were lined up quietly in the boot room, waiting for the bell to ring for recess. When it did, everyone went rushing outside. A, who took off running with extra vigour, fell on the gravel just outside the door. When I looked through the window, I saw him standing there pointing to his knee, with only one shoe on. Immediately his friend T came running over to report.
T: "Miss S! Miss S! A fell and hurt himself! He was running so fast that he fell and he blew a shoe!"
My coop and I looked at each other and laughed. "He blew a shoe!" Too cute!