This must be the most beautiful picture of Little Edison that I’ve ever seen.
I can’t believe how time flies. Last Friday was his last day in his kindergarten. When I walked to his K2 classroom with him, I looked a little gloomy. It hit me hard that I would never be able to do that again. When he goes to Primary 1 next year, I can only drop him off at the foyer as parents are not allowed to go into the school – even on the very first day.
That’s what I called the ‘growing pains’. Most of the times, growing up is a happy affair. But at times like this, I feel like my son is growing up too fast, and I’m not sure if I’m ready for that moment yet. I’m sure some of you, parents, have been through this stage before, and you’ll know how I feel now.
Frankly, I felt quite stressed out after attending the Primary 1 Orientation Day at Edison’s Primary School last week. I tried to conceal my feelings so as not to affect him. I don’t think he’s ready for primary school challenges yet, but it’s all happening in about a month’s time.
He has to be ready, and I have to be ready too – no matter what.
On the Orientation day, we arrived half an hour earlier to purchase the school uniforms. They were supposed to be on sale during the Admin Day last month, but due to shipment delay, we can only purchase it during the Orientation Day.
After getting the uniforms, we walked to his P1 classroom. Most of the time, he was clinging to me like a little baby. I knew that he was overwhelmed with the school. It is very much bigger than his kindergarten. He saw a lot of older boys walking and running around.
We left him with his form teacher in his classroom to attend the Orientation briefing at the Auditorium. The children were given some activities to do in the classroom, and there were four teachers around. They seemed to be comfortably adjusted to the new environment as I didn’t see anyone wailing in tears.
Little Edison started to participate in the activities, but we didn’t see him making any attempts to talk to the other children. He usually takes some time to ‘season’, so we left him for the Orientation briefing.
The briefing took about an hour; it was really informative and useful for parents preparing their kids for Primary 1. I will share this in a separate post.
After the briefing, we picked up Edison from his classroom and had a short talk with his form teacher. She seems to be a very nice teacher, and hopefully under her guidance, Little Edison can progress into his Primary 1 smoothly.
We brought him for a school tour to show him some of the important areas of the school, i.e. his classroom, auditorium, canteen, toilet, public phone, pick-up and drop-off area. We also trained him how to make an emergency call from the public phone if he needs to contact us urgently.
Lastly, we brought him to the canteen to check out the food and its prices. On a rough estimate, each meal costs around $2 and we were amazed by the variety of food in his canteen. Chinese food, Western food, Indian food, bread, sandwiches, pau, snacks and variety of fruit juices. It’s even better than my office canteen!
At the point, our boy got really excited with the canteen. So, we trained him how to order his food, count money and make payment independently. We gave him two $1 coins, and he came back with a pack of snacks (junk food) and a bottle of fruit juice.
So next year, I’ll expect him to spend money on junk food and fruit juices, rather than a proper meal. I think I better pack his lunch box for him, and give him some pocket money if he wants to buy something else to eat.
When we left the school, the boy finally smiled and said “I can’t wait to buy my own food. Will you give me enough money to go to school?” I think the only thing that motivates him to go to Primary 1 is the canteen and buying his own food now.
More works to be done this school holiday to further prep him for Primary 1. And we look forward to a good start to his formal education very soon.
Have you attended your kids’ Primary 1 Orientation Day last week? I love to hear from you too!