The preschool Ariel goes to requires either a higher fee or parent participation. I chose parent participation partially to save money (always a good thing) but also because it’s a great way to see what happens in her class.

It’s a challenge keeping up with which kid has done the particular activity I’m put in charge of each time. They’re working on the alphabet, one letter about every two weeks. I understand it’s eventually supposed to be one letter a week, but not yet.

Every child is at a different level. Some of them write quite well, but others are reluctant as yet to even attempt much at all. Some are good with scissors, while others are all over the place.

I would say right now Ariel is in the middle. She started out behind on her writing skills, as many of her classmates started writing in the 3 year old class last year, which she refused to have anything to do with. This year, with so many of her classmates being able to write at least their own name, she is quite determined to catch up. At last a good use for peer pressure.

Her teacher is quite impressed with Ariel’s knowledge of the alphabet. She picked that up before she was 2 for the upper case letters, and similarly just seemed to absorb the lower case versions. I never did flash cards or anything like it with her; this is stuff she just does.

Where Ariel amazes me is her math skills. I’ve caught her doing basic addition in her head at times. Not at all sure how she picked that one up.

There’s an autistic kid who comes into the class a time or two each week as well. He does pretty well, so I’m guessing he’s not one of the more serious cases. A very nice child overall, considering the autism. He’s being taught how to relate to other children, rather than only being with other autistic children. You have to figure it’s good for everyone in Ariel’s class learning to deal with someone like that too.

I do enjoy helping in her class, even when it’s draining. 20 preschoolers are quite exhausting to deal with, but it’s so fascinating seeing things from their point of view.