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parent participation preschool

every tuesday and thursday we head out to "owen's school" -
a preschool where parents come with their children to
encourage the parents' role as primary educator. we're one
of just a handful of non-hawaiian families in his program,
which gives preferential treatment to native families, but
we've felt welcome from the very beginning.

admittedly, i've struggled with learning his peers' hawaiian
names, but mostly because i have no frame of refrence for
most of them. we've also started learning a bit more hawaiian.

oli - a chant that's not danced to (we do a series of greeting chants)
ke kino - the body (we do some hawaiian hokey-pokey)
maka - eye
lima - hand
manamanalima - fingers
wāwae - foot (w's are said as v's)
po'ohiwi - shoulders
pau- finished ("are you pau?" is asked often)
Pōʻalua- Tuesday
Pōʻahā - Thursday (these are the days we go to school!)

o's favorite things at school are definitely the rice table and
the water tables. he ends up spending a lot of time with his
shirt off because it typically is wet within a minute of being at
school! a final fun fact - no shoes are worn in the classroom :)

dancing with some of the ladies

topless on the playground

sliding with his buddy

the beloved water tables


Anonymous said…
Thanks for the update. I have a new favorite Owen picture, now. The one of him kind of biting his lower CUTE!
jcom said…
great pictures, e!
fayebean said…
Owen is so big!!! Is he weight training? The boys looks like he's all muscle!! He's gonna be the next Mr. Universe Jr.!!! He needs some good old fashioned childhood obesity!!
Elisa said…
what a great idea - a preschool that supports rather than supplants parents!

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