Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pre-School At Casa

Casa has three four-year-olds and a two-year-old.  Doris and Reina are not going to school this year because they were not advancing.  Nicole promised Teleton she would work with them at home.  And then there is Haley, who is also 2 years old.  Nicole looked around and saw a need for a preschool. 

Since we no longer have a counselor, we took some things out of the counseling room and added some things and made a preschool room.  Nicole has preschool four mornings a week from 8:30-11:30.  No preschool on Thursday because that is Nicole's day off.  Monday, February 13 was the first day of preschool.  Nicole is fluent in spanish and talks to the children in spanish, but most of the lessons are in english.  She is hoping to teach the kids a little english, numbers, letters, and how to sit in class.  How to sit in class is a big task, I might add.

 Nicole has learned a lot this week.  She has learned some of our four-year-olds don't know how to work a puzzle.  Of any kind. 

This week, she is teaching about the animals that God made.  Tuesday, the children were suppose to make an animal out of play-do.

Haley made a butterfly

Cris made a snake, a really big snake.

I am not sure what animal Reina made, but it is biting her right under her nose.

Doris and Reina have schools desks and the other children sit at little tables.  Doris and Reina have some specialized work, not just the preschool work.  Reina still wants homework to do when the other kids are doing homework.  Nicole is giving her homework she can do.  The staff and Reina do not have to stress over this homework the way they were with real homework from school.  

Doris could not function at even a first grade level in school.  Yet, she was sad when she found out she was not going to school.  She is very happy to be included in this school.  Today was Thursday and there was no school.  Doris had no reason to get up since there was no school.  So, she didn't.  She slept through devo and breakfast.

Please pray for Nicole as she prepares and teaches and for the kids as they learn.


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