So, my youngest, at 2 1/2, goes with me to the Parents and Tots class at Language Stars* on Thursdays. I usually leave him at home with Dad on Saturdays, taking my other kids to class and using that time to get my own work done. But, lately we've had some make-up classes to use, so I've been taking him to class on Saturdays. Correction: I have enlisted my husband to take him to class on Saturdays while I still get some work done. The feedback from Dad is always interesting. You'd think we were in class with different children.
First of all, let me admit that my youngest is . . . spirited. Okay, so I spoil him a little, let him get away with things that my other 2 never did in the first place, etc. etc. (I hope my husband doesn't read this little confession.) Not that he misbehaves (very much), but he is a very lively little one who likes to act silly, do things all by himself (even when he can't), and have almost everything done "right now" (Even though he only knows about 100 words, those 2 are his favorite. I have NO idea where he would have learned them. I certainly NEVER say that. Again, I hope my husband isn't reading this.).
Last week, my son and husband get out of class and come in search of Mommy. "How was class?" I ask. My husband gives me a funny look and says, "Well . . . it was okay. But he was all over the place." (What does he expect? Our son is 2. ALL of them are all over the place.) "Did he leave the room?" I ask. "No, he just wanted to climb all over me and go under the table," my husband responds. "That's okay," I said, smiling. My husband wasn't smiling. I guess he had higher expectations of our son's behavior.
My criteria for a great class is that no one leaves the room. Maybe some parents think I'm aiming a little low, but when you're talking about a 2-year-old, I think that's pretty good. At 2, he'll walk around the room, go under the table, but then come back to my lap and sit down to watch the teacher. When he's done listening, he'll take a break again until a more engaging toy comes out. But, I do have evidence that he is listening. He is learning things because he'll repeat what the teacher says when prompted. When we're talking about how old each child is, he tries to hold up 2 fingers (so he understands).
That's one of the reasons we're at Language Stars*: The teachers understand. Even if my husband (who really hasn't spent time around any children other than our own) doesn't "get" the behavior of a 2-year-old, the teachers do. They know that the little ones can only sit for short bursts of time. They know that my son needs to be up and moving around, but that chances are he's still listening (at least enough to know when his favorite cars or rockets come out). They have activities that are developmentally appropriate, like playing with a little bit of water, matching objects to pictures, or sorting objects. And, best of all, they know to quickly transition to some fun activities or movement to regain the attention of my short-attention-span little man.
It might take a while to get Daddy used to going to class (languages are NOT his thing) and used to my son's 2-year-old energy. But, I am quite determined to help him enjoy the class more with our son and recognize that learning is still taking place. How else am I going to get some time to run errands?!
|This week's topic was transportation. My son LOVED the colorful vehicles!|
Thanks for reading!
*We receive 50% off our Language Stars tuition for sharing our experiences on the blog.