Daryls’ First Day at Kindergarten

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Last Monday we brought my older son Daryl to his first day of kindergarten.

Driving there we could feel he was nervous. He was quieter than usual.

After we parked the car, we walked in to kindergarten where he was greeted by his teachers.

We told the teachers that Daryl is Rachel’s brother.

We brought him to his class room. Two girls and a boy were already there. They looked at him. He didn’t want to go in the class room.

I walked in the class and he followed. I showed him where he could sit.

He chose a corner furthest away from the other kids.

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I showed him the wash room, and showed him around the class.

We showed him where Rachel’s class was. He met another boy from day care.

After five minutes we left the room. He seemed alright.

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I waited outside the class without him knowing, then I peeked inside.

He was starting to be his cheeky self. Playing with a packet of tissue paper and chanting “Tissue, tissue”. The other kids were looking at him with curiosity.

We expect him to make friends easily.

Daryl is very sociable and we noticed kids naturally liked talking to him.

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I realized that we didn’t really prepare him for kindergarten like how we prepared Rachel.

Maybe he’s our second child. So we parents are used to it.

Maybe it’s his personality. He seems more care-free, adaptable and sociable compared to Rachel.

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That evening when he was home, we asked if he made any friends.

He said, “No, I will practice being quiet”.

I told him to ask his class mates about YouTube, Peppa Pig, Charlie and Lola, Ultraman, or Upin and Ipin.

Today I asked him again. He said they didn’t know what he was talking about. He also told me his class mates conversed in Mandarin most of the time.

Maybe that’s why he hasn’t made friends yet.

Argh, I hate it. I’m obsessed over things little like that. I don’t want him to feel lonely that’s all.

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Today (his second day), they’re already starting to learn the strokes for writing in Chinese.

Initially we wanted to enroll him at another kindergarten (starts with Q). In the end we decided to go back to the same kindergarten.

Reason is, we wanted him to start kindergarten in Chinese language. The other kindergartens only taught Chinese as a subject.

We’ve seen how Rachel has transitioned to SJKC. We hope Daryl will have the same smooth transition when he goes to Standard 1 in SJKC.

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I’m confident he will adjust soon.

We’re relieved there’s no crying or emotional meltdown from any of the kids.

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Things in our home are a bit hectic because we need to adjust to a new routine.

I’m not getting enough sleep because I’m not used to waking up so early.

We just pray the kids will be safe.

 

Rachel’s First Day in Primary School

 

 

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This morning was Rachel’s first day in primary school. We’re sending her to SJKC. Let’s not go into the reasons for that.

Woke up early to bring her to school because they were having orientation this morning.

Walking in the school, lining up… it reminds me of general election day haha.

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She held my hand so tight when she was nearing her class room. She didn’t want to go in but after a few minutes she sat down and we settled all the registration stuff with the class teacher.

I don’t know if she will remember me holding her hand at that moment. I just feel blessed that my girl is able to start her education in school.

It’s a big, emotional milestone for me. Because I always think far ahead to her future. Will she hold my hand the same way when she’s grown up?

But we men don’t show these sentimental emotions.

I have to confess this sudden kiasu moment I was having, trying to help her find the best seat under the ceiling fan and not too far from the black board.

I also had memories of my first day in school, my mother waiting at the canteen and wearing a blue Esprit T-shirt.

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After done registration, we brought her around to look for her kindergarten friends. Some of them were in the class next door. And her cousin was in a class in the next block. She also met an older girl from day care.

It’s good to have some people she knows.

We explored the school with her for a bit.

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The school looks well organized. The skeptic side of me says maybe it’s all just a show for the parents. But we’ll see.

We parents were in the school hall listening to some introduction speeches (which I only understood about 75%). Couldn’t understand those “uncommon” Mandarin words and phrases.

Rachel told me they didn’t do anything in class, but she did have some conversations with other girls about Elsa and Frozen (what else!?).

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I see most schools having orientation. It’s good. Remember when we were in Standard 1? Totally lost and chaotic.

I guess the orientation also helped me to have a better understanding of Chinese school environment.

We’re just a bit worried about the transportation next Monday. Hope she gets on the correct school bus haha.

I’ll follow up with another post shortly, because Daryl will be having his first day in kindergarten on Monday.