It is still the beginning of school year, and the IIs are growing quickly. They have transitioned into staying at school independently and as a whole group. They also attended their first Yard on the second week of school and are staying at school for longer periods now. They even had their first full day of school this week.
The IIs have already started experimenting with different materials such as clay and new colored paint. Some of the IIs’ favorite objects to make out of clay are vehicles and animals like rocket ships and snakes. So far, the IIs have explored using only blue, red and yellow paint this year, but are excited to use different colors in the future. “You can’t touch it,” said Aanya Patel, II, when a XIII pointed a finger at her painting.
In addition, the IIs have been more verbal and confident in the classroom. For example, when the XIIIs were visiting, a II named Amelia Wells ran up and showed them her clay snake. When she was asked who the snake was for, she said, “It’s for the teachers!”
Another big improvement for the IIs is their comfort with having new visitors and grown ups in the classroom. They have been feeling more ambitious and have started running up to new visitors and introducing themselves.
“This group has grown particularly quickly. Usually it takes them more time to get confident,” said Sara Hance, the IIs teacher. The IIs have grown more independent and quickly within these few weeks. They enjoy exploring the different activities and interests they have and will continue to thrive throughout the year.