This week, most kids start a new school year, and so did my kids. For Hannah, it was also a new school and a whole new experience.
We were initially going to homeschool Hannah but over the holidays, we decided that it would be in her best interest to let her start in a brick and mortar school first. My little snowflake thrives with friends around her and is very sociable. Her kindergarten teacher also commented that she looked rather sad when her kindergarten friends were discussing their impending school lives, so we figured she was ready for school. After all, we can homeschool anytime we want, but we can’t go to regular school that easily if we homeschool first. I guess it doesn’t hurt to try.
She attended an interview and an assessment test at her new school at the beginning of the holidays. She was assessed on I.Q., English and Bahasa Malaysia, and I am pleased that she did very well.
So over the holidays, I had been busy getting her school gear, wrapping school books, and oh yeah…ironing school uniforms.
And finally January 5th came!
Look at how happy she is! She looks forward to going to school every day, and I am so blessed that my kids don’t complain at all. No tears and all happiness… ♥♥♥
She’s definitely gotten a good headstart in school, and she eagerly gets ready every morning. I am not too bothered about good grades and all, but I believe that the experience she gains from being in a school environment (like a “little world”) is crucial in bringing out the best in her.
- Hannah has lunch in school, and I allow her to select her meals on her own. Gives her a sense of independence and accountability.
- Hannah has her own locker in school, so she can leave most of her books in the locker and only brings back those she needs. I am against heavy school bags for kids, so this is a good plus point. I also got her a lock for the locker, with a number combination which she needs to remember. Again…a very good way to instill responsibility.
- She has her own planner where she will need to jot down any notes to remind her to do or bring stuff, homework assignments, etc.
She is very happy thus far, and that in turn makes me happy too. Couldn’t ask for more…