Sheryl Jesin

Almost 4

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It’s hard to believe that Dylan is almost 4 years old. He has changed so much in the past year and those changes were very apparent when Jake, Benjamin and I joined Dylan’s Montessori Casa class for an observation.

Dylan picked a number of activities that he wanted to show us. I was most impressed that he is able to recognize cursive letters, can understand complex math concepts (the meaning of units, tens, hundreds, thousands), and can sound out letters in words and read a number of 3 letter words.

I am also so proud of how he has become a real part of the class. He is not shy amongst his peers or teachers – he is upfront and tells people how he feels and what he needs. He understands and follows the classroom’s routines – I was particularly impressed with how snack time works. One teacher and one student prepare the snack. Today it was whole wheat bread and cut up pineapple. The bread is placed on a plate and the pineapple is placed in a bowl. There is a little sign that says each person gets half a slice of bread and 3 cubes of pineapple. When a students are hungry, they get the snack on their own – they wash their hands first, and then use tongs to put the pineapple and bread on their own plate. They sit down and eat, and clean up when they are done. I was so surprised to see how calm and relaxed it was – each student decides when he or she is hungry and there isn’t a mob around the snack. It was heartwarming to see the older students helping the younger students. It made me realize how capable Dylan is, and I am going to try to involve him a bit more in the kitchen at home – both with food preparation and cleaning up.

I probably baby Dylan more than I should. I often find myself dressing him, helping him in the bathroom and cleaning up after him. I do these things to save time but at school he does all of these things on his own.

I’m holding on to him as a baby but perhaps it is time to let go a bit more. Knowing I can do so feels liberating, and bittersweet at the same time.

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