Nadia's turn! - A Movement In Time And Space
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priyabradfield
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Nadia's turn!
The art school that Maya goes to just started toddler classes. We were invited to do a trial class, which was today. Nadia was excited to be going to "my aat tass" and, as I expected, she loved the whole thing.

We left the apartment at noon, since we had to walk there and the class was at 12:30pm. For the second straight day, Nadia wasn't watching where she was going and walked smack into a tree.

*sigh*

Anyway, so we get there (after I got her to stop crying with promise of candy after her class) and she walks right up to the teacher and says "hi som-sam-nim!". Sonsaengnim is the Korean word for Teacher. All the women there love her and show it with squeals of delight every time she opens her mouth. LOL They just love her voice. The teacher takes Nadia and puts on her little smock. OMG, she's so cute in it. I think this was more of a Mommy-n-Me class because all the other moms (and some grandmoms) sat with their kids and helped them along with the project.

The first project we did was cover little paper cups with colored cellophane. Mommy had to help with the taping and the teacher did the cutting of the bottom of the cup after the cellophane was taped on. Then Nadia had at them with stickers. We made four different colored ones and she was having so much fun looking at everyone with the different colored ones and then saying, "you yellow!" or "bamma (grandma) bue!" The teacher wanted them to decorate the cups with the stickers but Nadia had different ideas and put the stickers on the cellophane. All the other kids did the same too. But this teacher is awesome - she really lets them do what they want. She didn't bat an eye and encouraged with more stickers.



While waiting for the other kids to finish theirs, Nadia got this idea to stack her cups.



All of a sudden, all the other kids were doing it too! My child, the trendsetter! LOL The teacher went around helping all the kids count the cups in their towers. Nadia was having a blast!

After that project, the teacher passed out a large piece of paper and glue sticks. All the kids took the glue sticks and made huge circles or lines with it all over their paper. Then the teacher gave everyone a pile of cut up cellophane. The kids then took pieces and stuck them on their papers.



One of the other little girls was sitting next to the supply box on the table. She grabbed a bunch of googly eyes and stuck them on the paper too. When the teacher went over to her to check on her project, she saw the googly eyes and started laughing. She held up the paper and asked the kids if they saw the eyes. One of the older kids (probably was 3) said that it looked like animals peeking out of a forest! Nadia then said, "teacher, my have fum eyes too?" and everyone got some googly eyes to stick too.



After the class, everyone ran out as if the place was on fire! LOL Nadia and I lingered a bit, getting our coats on and chatting with the teacher. She is very sweet and I can tell that she loves kids, the way she hugs them and talks to them and really encourages them. She asked me if I was taking Korean lessons also (she knows that Maya does). I told her no but that I try to listen in on Maya's lesson and I'm picking it up slowly, especially taking the taxi and such. She was impressed with my pronounciation. :-) She then said to me, "I have a suggestion, please don't be offended." I thought, oh great, now what? Then she said, "If I teach you Korean, will you teach me more English?" YES, YES, YES! Problem is when...but she's willling to wait until September when Nadia starts preschool (which we just got the acceptance letter yesterday for her, so YAY!). I'm so excited!

Nadia and I both can't wait until the next art class. :-)

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co_techie From: co_techie Date: February 16th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Nadia in school .. could she really being growing up so quick? *in denial*
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 19th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! Sometimes, I can't believe she's already two, but then other times I can't believe that she's ONLY two!

Right now though, I'm too excited about having some time for myself to be in denial about her growing up.
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priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 19th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
:-) Thanks - I agree!
xpapergirl From: xpapergirl Date: February 16th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful little angel!

And awesomeness on the English/Korean lessons!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 19th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

I need more days like that day...
From: gabbytheguy Date: February 16th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Cute pics!

And *yay* for the teacher wanting to teach and learn languages with you!

priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 19th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. :-D
wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: February 16th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a great class! That smock is sooo adorable! Are the poofy cuffs part of the smock? *snuggles*

I wish I was at that class right now. LOL You're an awesome Mommy, Priya. And congrats on being able to learn more Korean (and maybe making a new friend?)!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 19th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Wendy! Yes, the poofy cuffs were part of the smock. LOL

I appreciate you saying that I'm a good mommy. I'm having an off day again and needed to read those words. Perfect timing. :-)

Yeah, we'll see about the language exchange...and the new friend too.
slave2three From: slave2three Date: February 16th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
YAY :D
From: junetoo Date: February 16th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember when my niece and nephews would do stuff like walk into a tree. I'd be holding them and laughing while they cried. I think I made them cry more :( hehehe I'm going to be a mean mommy.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 19th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd have laughed too if it weren't the second day IN A ROW and practically the SAME TREE. Sheesh!
damita98 From: damita98 Date: February 17th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Nadia's art class sounds like fun, she made some cute things!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 19th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
She really did! When Maya got home from school that day, she and Nadia had a blast playing with the cups. I'm so glad we made four of them!
damita98 From: damita98 Date: February 19th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love crafting with kids. When I was younger and I used to babysit, the kids used to ask their parents when they were going out so I could come over. I always brought a huge box of crafting stuff and we kept busy all evening.
eleme From: eleme Date: February 17th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
that is so super adorable!! Nadia is gorgeous and that art class looks awesome. I love the paper colored cups activity ^.^ I'm glad you had so much fun! Why was she crying before the class, did she get scared and not want to go?

I hope you can help that teacher with English and learn some Korean too! That would be awesome for you :)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 19th, 2006 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
She was crying cause she ran into the tree while we were walking to the class. LOL She was totally into the class!
eleme From: eleme Date: February 19th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh no! NO running into trees~! I thought she'd be totally into the class, but you never know - sometimes kids are super excited about something then it comes and they freak out.

Tell her to watch out for the trees!
eleme From: eleme Date: February 19th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I must have missed the line where you said that, whoopsie! ^.^
sammykate From: sammykate Date: February 18th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! What a day! (You know, my husband once, just a few years ago, walked smack in to a pole of some sort -- not in any way impaired at the time, just talking too much, as I recall. Hopefully, Nadia will get over this before she's grown :)

Love the projects! And your teaching/study situation sounds great! I wish you could start sooner, but at least it is something to look forward to in the Fall. Oh...AND...Congratualtions on getting Nadia into the preschool of your choice. I remember how harrowing that was the first time around (nice thing about the co-op -- once you're in, you're whole family's in, you know?)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 19th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Yeah, I hope Nadia grows out of this phase well before adulthood! ACK!

I wish I could start sooner with the language exchange too. We'll see...maybe we can manage to do something at the art school with Nadia around...maybe she can color or do some activity with another teacher (although I don't know the other teachers' schedules) while we do our study session.

I am still crossing my fingers that Nadia will go to OCP for at least one year...crossing fingers, but not holding breath.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 20th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

How cute!

It looks like she had a ball! And as for her teachers being in love with her, well who wouldn't be?!~Melissa
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