This afternoon (well… Monday 25 February 2013…when I started this post) was Little E’s first day at German Kindergarten. And true to that saying of your first born getting all the photos and subsequent children getting none? Well, I managed to take ZERO photos of Little E at the Kindergarten today. Thinking about that makes me feel guilty and like a terrible mother. Oh, well. I did remember my camera — and to take photos! — the second day.
Let’s get on to the happy part of this post, shall we?
A little Haferflocken on her face after eating the snack.
Little E did really well this afternoon. She went from 1-2:15pm. She was paired with a teacher who speaks very little English, which was interesting. That teacher is just as nice as the rest and loves all of the children just like the rest, so it’s not a problem . . . just an interesting pairing. She has told me a couple of times that she learned English in school, but since she didn’t use it much she forgot how to speak a lot of it, although, she does understand much more than she can speak.
Little E was SO EXCITED to go to school. She walked right in like she owned the place. Started to take her jacket off mere seconds after the door closed (exactly like what we do with Big Ive in the mornings). I had put her in slip on shoes because we drove up there. She knew regular shoes weren’t supposed to be worn and had to remove them quickly, as well. Guess that means I’m getting her some new Hausschuhe. [[New orange Hausschuhe on the second day were a hit!]]
She was very happy to walk room to room, but kept coming to check on me sitting on the ‘Mother’s Bench’. It might be better if Big Ive is there to help guide her around. Big Ive has been sick so we’ve kept her home from school 3 days so far. She had to go eat her snack we brought, just like Big Ive does every morning she goes to school. A few times Little E has sat at the kitchen table and eaten snack in the mornings with Big Ive, so she was familiar with it. LOML remarked that she seems to be doing things and hitting milestones about 6 months ahead of Big Ive.
Sitting with the big kids eating her snack. She thinks she IS a big kid!
I asked her to go find a cow, thinking she would go over to the area with the animal toys. No. She went over to her little bag we brought that has a cow on it! Smart kid!
Coloring on the first day. Painting on the second day.
She wasn’t terribly fond of the painting. She started to get alarmed when she got paint on her fingers. The teacher tried to reassure her it was ok, as she had paint on her own fingers, but Little E was wary. The painting didn’t last long.
The third day we got to school at 9am. We got her settled and then I told her, “I love you. Tschüss!” She hugged me, watched me leave. I came back an hour later. They said she did good. She would play for a big, then walk to the door and cry a little. Go back and play with something else, walk to the door and cry a little. Big Ive did the same thing, the teachers said.
I am not worried about leaving her at the Kindergarten. They have been treating Big Ive really well — she loves to go to school. You can see how much they love and care for the children there. There is no doubt that they feel the same for my girls, too.