She was very happy to see us and made sure we remained close by the entire time. She sat on a tricycle and moved around with her feet. E. tried to get her to pedal but she wasn’t interested.
The teacher set up an activity with shaving creme and paint brushes, she played at that for a short time with some other kids from the general ed preschool class.
Then the teacher set up a water table. I actually got R. to wear the smock with no effort at all on my part. I just told her she had to wear it to play with the water and pulled it over her head.
It was a very hot day and the teacher handed out spray bottles of water and asked the kids to spray her. R. had a good time spraying herself, and it was fun to watch her giggle about it.
After a little more tricycle riding and a couple of trips down the slide she went back to the dollhouse and played with a couple of dolls and some furniture. Girls from the general ed preschool joined her and the teacher tried to engage them, but everyone was too into their own thing. R. stayed and played next to them for a few minutes and then moved to the other side of the dollhouse. It looked like she was kind of watching the other girls through the windows while she played on her own. I never saw a doll house on a playground before, but it sure seems like a good idea.
When it was time to line up to go in for lunch R. grabbed my hand and wanted me to go with her. She frowned, but did not cry when we left. We waited until they were walking back inside rather than walking away from her while she was still on the playground.
We got to meet the new students and they all seem so young. It feels like so long ago that R. was that little, but really it wasn’t.