Makenna started school last week. Half days, five days a week. She is at the same Montessori school that Abby went to. Abby got a full 3 years before heading to Kindergarten this year. Makenna didn't have that experience because - well, we had other pressing issues to address with her. :)
I love Montessori and everything it has done for Abby. And I look forward to all the things Makenna will learn, too.
The other day, her teacher asked me if she could do a Grace and Courtesy lesson using Makenna. Grace and Courtesy lessons are used to impart good manners to children. General courtesies such as how to interupt a conversation and how to introduce people to one another are covered. As situations arise, teachers can address them as well. Makenna and her hug machine seemed a perfect opportunity to discuss common courtesy. A polite manner in which to ask "What happened?" "What's that thing you are wearing?" Surely, the kids wonder what she has on, what's wrong with her, does it hurt, what's it feel like... and probably many other things. This way, they learn how to use tact and they also get to understand Makenna and have their questions answered - which I am sure makes for a smoother classroom!
I have absolutely no doubt that Makenna will be treated with respect, grace and courtesy in her new school. And I feel so blessed by that. I just know that as she grows up and looks back on her hug machine days; she will feel blessed and remember these days as good - and maybe even magical.
I wish grown ups had a refresher course in grace and courtesy...there's lots of places/people that need them:)