You may remember the torment we had trying to figure out where Samantha was going to go to kindergarten. And my somewhat elated post when we were able to enroll her in a Mandarin immersion program. Finally, last Wednesday, school started.
Samantha did not adjust well to preschool or with each new class change. I expected we would see similar clinging and crying when we started Kindergarten, especially since half her day is spent with a teacher who only speaks Mandarin to them. The parents in the class ahead of us warned us that their kids cried, begged not to go to school in the morning, and asked to go to an English school instead. I was prepared for that. But, so far, it’s been going amazingly well.
There was a little clinging the first day, but other than that, no sadness or crying. She’s been excited to go and seems to like both her English teacher and her Mandarin teacher. I’m also really excited because she’s been saying nonsense words in Mandarin. I know they’re not real words yet, but she’s playing with the sounds like an infant who babbles. I think that’s good progress for three days. On Friday, she even said something out of the blue that sounded like it could be an actual sentence. She said she didn’t know what it meant, and I have no idea, but it sounded like maybe not total nonsense.
Other than the drive, 35-40 min each way to go 6.5 miles, got to love L.A., she seems to be adjusting really well. I’m exhausted from all the driving and having to get up earlier, but she seems to be doing great!
How was your child’s first day of school?