Sunshine has made two visits to classes in the past ten days, first to my son's prep class and then today to his old kindergarten.
Both the teachers of these classes were keen to have Sunshine along and it was a great experience for her too. She was really gentle and calm, even when she was enthusiastically 'mobbed' by little hands and took it all in her stride.
For us, this was a fantastic opportunity to introduce Sunshine to the plethora of sensory input classrooms have to offer, from the smell of classrooms, to the sound of bags in bag racks, the feel of many textures of floorings (wood, rubber, concrete, grass, garden, carpet), desks, chairs, school bells, play dough (which she tried to eat!), food scraps in bins, and the feeling of many hands on her all at once.
Today at kindy, she got to walk through a fairy garden boardwalk, and I took treats along to keep her focused on me while we practised 'sit' and 'drop' in a room with 20 people and lots of distractions. Fortunately, she is incredibly food-motivated so getting her attention isn't hard.
It was a wonderful grounding for future visits and both teachers have invited us back again.