I had a parent-teacher conference for Natalie on Friday. It was so thoughtful. I just love Park West! Even if just Grandma and myself are interested in the amount of detail in this post, I’m sharing on the blog, so I can look back at it when I’m 53 and an empty nester. (Note: some of her strengths displayed at preschool aren’t necessarily displayed as often as I’d like at home with her little brother… but its nice to know that some of our seemingly less successful attempts at parenting are sticking.)
- Familiar with a schedule right from the beginning – her prior preschool experience shoes. From the beginning, was figuring out who the kids were
- Accommodating playmate. Right from the beginning, she liked playing with the babies. When other kids weren’t sure what to do, she would offer them a suggestion, like here’s a bottle. Even in the beginning, she was pretty good about sharing her precious Baby Ellie and she would use language to express her needs (instead of resorting to physical to get the baby back)
- Language is a strength. She is articulate.
- Not a physical kid, which is a great model for the other kids
- She is expressive, especially when negotiating. This is helpful when trying to show other kids to see how their actions affect others. If someone takes something from her, she has a sad face. Its easy for a teacher to jump in and say, “Look at Natalie’s face. How do you think she feels?” And Natalie will chime in “I’m sad because…”
- Wants to share and volunteer song ideas
- So observant. Can make inferences and predictions. Gave an example of Gossie and Gertie and which one had the blue color book. Goes back to pictures as “evidence”. When a classmate might not follow her reasoning, she re-explains/re-frames and that often helps others
- Can write her name – not always in the right order, but she can, and they don’t think she even needs a guide (aka written example)
What she’s working on now
- Still figuring out WHY something might frustrate her. Gave an example of Natalie having all the cats and dogs in a bowl and other kids wanted some. She said “Adeline, Adeline, Adeline.” Sarah asked her why she kept repeating her name. She then explained that she didn’t want to share the dogs/cats but then they talked about how other kids felt. Then, Natalie decided to share. Finnoula wanted five, but Natalie said no. Sarah asked Why Not? Natalie couldn’t articulate but then Adeline chimed in, “well then Natalie wouldn’t have very many”. Natalie agreed. She did share one with Finnoula, which satisfied her.
- Friendships. The concept that its okay to have more than 1 friend. Hasi can still be your friend even if you’re not playing with her right now and instead playing with Sloan.
- Continue building early literacy skills
I love my not-so-little Natalie. She is definitely a little girl, though still insists she is a toddler. Or sometimes, “medium”. 🙂