Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Zahara's First Parent-Teacher Conference

I cannot believe how big Zahara is getting. It seems like just yesterday we were introducing her to solid foods, teaching her how to walk, and hearing her say her first words. Now, she's in school full-time, making friends, and learning ballet and Hebrew! She's growing up so fast.

Last week we had our first parent-teacher conference. It was really fun to hear what Morah Tali (Teacher Tali) had to say about Z. She said Zahara is a "rule-follower," and picks her friends with absolute precision. She is content spending hours doing arts and crafts, and Tali and the other teachers are impressed with Zahara's attention to detail and concentration.

It was funny for me to hear that Zahara will often sit quietly and just observe others. I like to call her the mayor of her school because she knows everyone and everything! She can tell me who all the parents are, who has a new baby at home, and who was sick over the weekend.

Lately, Z has been coming home with half of her lunch uneaten. She's always been a great eater, so when I asked her about it she said she didn't have enough time for lunch. When I asked Tali about it though, she said Zahara would have plenty of time to eat if she would just stay still! Apparently she spends the whole lunch hour getting up to chat with friends, get a drink of water, go potty...etc. 

Zahara still naps pretty consistently, and is obviously tired when she doesn't. Tali said she has even fallen asleep on the rug in the classroom if she misses a nap! We're still working on potty training, but it's getting better. Z is fully capable of doing it (since she was potty trained before this summer), but she's also pretty stubborn. Not sure where she gets that from. She'll do it when she's ready, is the school's view.

We loved hearing an outsider's perspective of how she's doing, even if it doesn't necessarily jive with the Zahara we know and love at home ("rule-follower?" cough, cough). It is so nice to see how loved Zahara is. Morah Tali and the rest of the teachers had nothing but good things to say about Zahara. We're so proud of her!

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