Sunday, September 6, 2009

Laetitia's first two days in school

In France, public school starts early at the age of three. This year, Laetitia starts pre-nursery, or what we call "petit section" in maternelle.

We prep her for it since a few months ago. She has been looking forward to it. The only thing she kept telling me was that she was not going to go alone. Of course she is not going to school all by herself! Crazy girl.

Anyways, we selected her clothes yesterday, packed a little bag with extra change and her lovey for her nap. School is from 8:30am to 4:30pm. She adapted very well right from the first day, no crying, no whinging, nothing. She was all happy and when I told her to have a good day and that I was leaving (there were still some parents around), she gave me a kiss and told me to have a nice day at home! I am so proud of my little girl. This is a class of 28 kids and there was NO ONE that she knew but she was all calm and excited about school.

At the end of the first two days, the teacher told me that she was very impressed with Laetitia. She mentioned that my little girl is very well behaved, eats well (she has her lunch there), sleeps well (she takes her nap in school after lunch), speaks well and listen well. I am SO PROUD of her.

Here are some obligatory photos!

This is the second day and Laetitia is the little one sitting by herself drawing away next to the window. Going to school in the rain. She was happy that it was raining though since it meant that she could use the new umbrella that I bought for her.
I am really glad that she enjoys school. Even though many people might think that 3 year olds are too young to be in such a huge classroom (28 kids with one teacher and one assistant), I think that it can really develop a child. In any case, the objectives of the year for the class is to help the children gain independence and socialization skills. The children are not expected to "study". They would only need to know to count from one to twenty and understand what 1, 2 and 3 means (e.g if someone says give me two pens, they know what two pens means). They are not expected to read or write. They will do lots of activities like painting, dancing, gym, playdoh and so forth. As you can see in the photo of the class, it is more of a play room than a classroom. I am very pleased with the whole structure. :-)

1 comment:

Ivana said...

I hope I can find something as nice in Singapore = )