Saturday, 1 March 2014

Kindergarten is 幼儿园 (yòu'éryuán)

We started the little one in kindergarten this year.

On the first day of school, she happily dressed up in her "school uniform", carried her bag pack and waved good bye to her big brother when we dropped him off first.

I held her hand as we walked in together to check out her classroom. She was OK until she had to enter the classroom and sit down with the rest of the other kids. She started whining for Mummy...

Then, a little boy sat down next to her and another girl and another boy joined her table.

The kindy teacher was quite busy with school fees, uniforms and enquiries and didn't give the kids anything to do. Hmm...

With nothing to do, the little one turned to stare at her mother and father, whining...

Thankfully, it was time to go to the toilet! She continued whining but I said that I'll be here waiting for her. All OK.

After a while, they lined up again to go out for recess. We thought that was fun LOL

The drama queen happily joined her friends at her table and ate the bun I'd packed for her. She was quite happy to see that she has recess, packed food and everything her big bro has at his school :)

When it was time to line up to go back to their classrooms, she decided to run and cling to my legs!

When she saw the teachers coming, our monkey RAN away!

Of course, I ran after her and you can imagine the drama the other parents were treated to that morning. Everyone was most surprised because a lot of other kids were crying and screaming but not our little one. What happened???

After a bit, I decided not to catch her. She stopped.

Then she saw her father and ran towards him!

Her father knew that he would not be able to let her go once she clung to him so the 80 kg man ran to hide. Of course, the 4 year old spotted him immediately. -_-

With as much dignity as I could muster, I took big strides towards the "little angel" and picked her up. Together, we went back to the classroom and I yelled to the love of my life, "DON'T COME OUT!!!" God knows where he's hiding. I hope the security guard doesn't find him hahaha.

Another teacher helped me to calm her down and bring her back to the classroom where they started colouring a fun picture of kids flying kites.

Oops! I forgot to pack her colour pencils and she told me loudly, "MUMMY, YOU FORGOT TO PACK MY COLOUR PENCILS!!! We must bring my colour pencils tomorrow, OK?"

I smiled and said OK. All's good - she's thinking of going back tomorrow.

We are quite happy with the kindergarten as she has an interesting variety of friends, especially the little boy next to her, who helped to calm her down each time she howled and wailed after I left.

On the second day, she told me that she loved her "new" school. After about 3 weeks, she asked to be dropped off like all the other kids. I could stand outside and wave to her :)

She's been having fun with art and craft, singing, outdoor sports and some reading and writing. She loves doing her "homework" and she has been reading her books at the top of her voice almost every night.

Last month, she happily showed me a huge party pack (lots of cute stationery) she'd got from one of her friend's birthday. I think she slept with the party pack, clutching a few erasers hahaha.

Last night, she showed me a drawing one of her friends gave to her.

I am really glad that she loves her kindergarten - I must get my digital camera ready for some beautiful memories ahead!

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