Today was our first day of the Parent/Child Program at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. It's a bit like pre-school, except parents are there, and it's just one day per week. Every Thursday morning we meet outside to play with other moms and toddlers, regardless of the weather. Today we dug happily in the dirt for at least 30 minutes. Then we gathered inside for circle time and singing. Snack followed, which Anna was especially excited about - oatmeal. While some kids played, some worked with the adults, cleaning up and slicing apples or rolling oats for next week's snack.
Anna stayed pretty close today, especially during the free play time; there were 7 other kids, and while we have as many or more in music, the dynamic and structure of the class is different. She particularly liked helping slice apples with the kid-safe slicer and rocking in the wood rocking chair during the final minutes of class. After 1 hour and 45 minutes, we finished with a little story and song. I think it's going to be a great learning experience for both of us.
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This is a totally unrelated photo that I took this week, and I just had to include it. Anna insisted on wearing this hat around the house all day, along with her new slippers. I'm not sure why she was sans pants, but the ensemble makes me smile. Maybe she's going to have a fetish for hats and bandanas like her daddy.