Today, we are entering the forth week of school. I’m pleased to announce that Little Edison is making good progress and he has stopped crying since last week. Well done, my boy! Yay!
The three hour program at his pre-nursery class looks something like this:-
8:00am – Arrival time at school
8:15am – Circle time where the children queue up and walk to the toilet hand-in hand. The teachers will assist the younger children.
8:30am – Teacher-directed activity in English or Chinese
9:00am – Small group learning (not sure what it is?)
9:30am – Outdoor play (tricycles, sand or water play)
10:00am – Breakfast
10:30am – Music and movement (Tues/Thurs) and gym-play (Mon/Wed/Fri)
11:00am – Dismissal
In pre-nursery, I don’t expect him to learn much in terms of academics. Their play-based curriculum focuses on physical, language and socio-emotional development. I want him to attain independence, develop a positive self-esteem, learn to interact with others, learn to follow instructions and get a ‘feel’ of discipline at school.
I wish to be able to pick him up from school everyday, but I can’t due to my work. This is what I heard from my PIL after school – he will carry his school bag and water bottle, remains seated until his name is called by his teacher. When he is called, he will walk out of his classroom happily.
At this moment, I still can’t conclude that he likes going to school. Every time I ask him whether he likes to go to school, his answer is still “no need”. But he has sort-of accepted the fact that he needs to go to school no matter he likes it or not. We keep reminding him that he has grown up and all grown up kids need to go to school.
Reality is cruel, sometimes. But I’m sure the day will come when he truly enjoys going to school.