The summary: Maya is doing great and her teacher is not worried about her one bit.
Here are some highlights:
- Maya is doing really well in all of her subjects, especially in reading.
- The kids keep a journal at school in which they write on Mondays. Typically Maya writes about Nadia and/or WoW.
- Maya talks about her family, especially about Nadia, a lot. Now I know why whenever I go to her school, kids will look at me and Nadia and ask if I am Maya's mom and if she is Maya's sister. It's like they know us already!
- Maya is one of the few students who actually takes the "Treat others the way you want to be treated" to heart.
- She is careful about others' feelings. Once, one of the kids had a birthday party at school and Maya didn't like the cake...she raised her hand and whispered to the teacher to tell her she didn't like the cake and if it was ok if she didn't eat her friend's birthday cake. Miss Sim told me that 90% of the other kids would have just yelled out "EW! I don't like this cake!"
- Maya is very popular with the other kids, even with the older kids in their "buddy" class.
- I mentioned how sometimes I'm worried at how sensitive Maya is - she is apparently in the middle range in her class! There are quite a few children who are even more sensitive than her, to the point of being over sensitive...even Maya will ask Miss Sim why that child is crying at such a silly thing!
- Maya is very mature for her age: she is one of the few who can distinguish fantasy from reality. We talked about her playing WoW and how normally it would be an issue for children her age, but how she's always been smart about things like that. Helps that we talk about it and how we play with her.
- Religion: Miss Sim is very aware of the fact that not all the children in her class are Christian. We really lucked out in getting someone like her for a teacher. I talked about how we discuss the religious aspect of her teachings at home and how Maya is learning that there are different views out there. I really felt like Miss Sim respects that we are not Christian and that Maya is not Christian. Respect for all religious view points is what we both agreed is most important.
- Miss Sim basically said that we are doing a wonderful job with raising Maya and thanked us for doing what we're doing and "blessing" her with the opportunity to have Maya in her class.