Some other things that were talked about were some of the extra activities that Miss Mac has planned. One thing was a Classroom Memories Book (my ears perked up with that one!). Miss Mac and Miss Flores (the assistant from Peru) take pictures a lot. Throughout the year, those pictures will be placed in a scrapbook. From time to time, she will choose a student to bring home that book. Over the weekend, that child will choose a picture and then write a sentence or two about that picture and/or draw something about it on that scrapbook page. Another project is called, "My Pet Dragon". Maya's class is called the Dragon class (the other KG class is Dinosaur), so that's where the name of the project comes from. Anyway, a student is chosen randomly throughout the year to take home a small stuffed dragon. The student keeps the dragon as a pet over that weekend. Sunday night, the student draws a picture and writes a sentence about what he or she did over the weekend with the Pet Dragon. I saw last year's book they did (Miss Mac taught the Jr. Kindergarten, the Tiger class, so they had "My Pet Tiger") and it was really cute.
Other such things are Bag of Rhymes. This is a game to introduce rhyming (when Miss Mac started to talk about this, she turned to me and said, "Although, Maya already knows how to rhyme and is quite good at it! She hears words that rhyme and she will stop and say, 'Hey! That rhymes!'" I was so proud. LOL). The student puts something from hom inside a ziploc bad. As a clue for the other kids, that student will write a word that rhymes with the object in the bad. The other students have to guess what the thing inside the bag is. She had other cute ideas like this - I should see if I can come up with anything else too, since she wants more ideas.
Afterwards, we talked a little bit about how Maya is adjusting. She's doing well. Actually, Maya is the only new student in that class - all the other students are returning! Because of that, she had a bit of trouble with some of the kids not wanting to play with her right away. But that was only the first week, this week has been better, Miss Mac said. Maya got invited into a weekly playgroup with three other girls every Thursday. We were quite happy with that! Maya was just so excited, Thursday morning she woke up singing, "I'm going to a playgroup today! YAY!" LOL She had a great time, and I think it will be wonderful for her. Hopefully, I can make good friends with the mothers too. One of them, already I have hit it off with and we plan on doing a one-on-one playdate for our daughters.
Anyway, I talked to Miss Mac more about volunteering. I want to do a yearbook for the children for them to keep at the end of the year, since Miss Mac keeps the Classroom Memories book and the My Pet Dragon book. Wonder of wonders, Miss Mac did the school's yearbook last year all by herself! This year, looks like I might be in charge, or at least co-charge, since this is my first year. And I said that I would help out during field trips and such.
I figure I should get involved in the school even though Maya will only be there for one year. Nadia is already on the waiting list for next year's 2 1/2 year old class!