Thursday, January 15, 2009

Circus Day

Today I took Calvin to the library where they have an interactive reading time for 1-3 year-olds where they do stories, games, and crafts. Today they focused on the circus and both of the teachers were dressed as clowns. They juggled, walked a tight-rope (a string taped to the floor), sang songs, and read books about the circus. Calvin didn't appreciate it quite as much as I thought he should.

He was watching the clowns nervously from the time they entered, and then when they started singing, his bottom lip shot out and he started sobbing. After he calmed down he was all wiggles and would not sit still for the stories, even if he half-heartedly watched the juggling and other antics. There was a big ship in the back for kids to play on, which he loved. He was very possessive of it and I had to interfere a couple of times when he and another little boy had pushing matches trying to gain possession of the steering wheel. At the end, we all went to tables and Calvin produced this lovely art project - his first artistic creation ever. I am very proud.

At the end of the class, we played outside in the snow for a while before going home. Overall it was a good experience, and I look forward to going more often so that Calvin can make some friends and learn to interact with other kids.