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Thursday, September 16, 2010
I am so glad we chose the particular mainstream preschool Nolan attends for his preschool education. The school is just absolutely perfect for him. When we left John Tracy, a part of me lamented the lack of a JTC-like preschool in our area. While no preschool is going to have everything that John Tracy offers, our little local mainstream school comes pretty close.
Nolan's class is small, for a mainstream preschool. I am not quite sure how many children are in the class, but I believe it is somewhere in the neighborhood of 12- with two teachers. The room is quiet, and Nolan is bathed in a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Plus, the teacher truly cares about his development and well-being. Weekly guides let us know what they are focusing on each week, in addition to the particular skill sets being developed. I feel informed, supported, and I know that Nolan is being lovingly taught the pre-academic skills he will need in a few short years.
The best evidence of all is that Nolan is just thriving in his preschool class. On Tuesday, he informed me that he did not get to paint, but he did "read" a story (circle time). Today, he was all smiles as he hopped out of class and his teacher handed me a plastic bag containing Nolan's first masterpiece. He easel-painted today, and let me tell you- that boy loves his paint. The paper was saturated with pink and blue tempera, and he talked about it all the way home. If anyone mentions his teacher's name, he just glows with excitement.
I can't wait to see what this year is going to bring to Nolan!