Thursday, September 4, 2014

First Day of School

First day of school.Today was a big day. Arosha has started school. A day that started a new phase of his life. We often talk with him about steps a person takes in his life and school is one huge step. He was aware of it for some time now and when the day was nearing he was full of anticipation.

We, as parents, however (or at least I) was anticipating it with quite a bit of anxiety and only time will fully relief me of it. How will he met all the challenges of dealing with all kinds of situations on his own without us being around?

Constructing something.How will he conquer the language barrier? His Russian is very rich at this point, but his English is very much non-existent. Luckily this is far from a unique problem in our area and Pre-K is the right place to deal with it. To our luck the TA in our class speaks Russian.

How will he deal with aggressive kids? He is a very peaceful kid with a keen sense of right or wrong and he typically prefers to avoid confrontation. He does socialize with a lot of kids on the playground and Alena lets him deal with majority of confrontational situations on his own. Hopefully that gives him some foundation and hopefully if he cannot deal with something the teachers will help.

School gear.How will he be able to handle being on his own for 6 hours every day (our school does full day Pre-K), considering that he has never been without his close family nearby for any periods of time? Luckily he knows a couple of kids in his class from the playground and his good friend Rachel is in his class as well — although she will start her school next Tuesday. Hopefully the fact that he is not there “alone” will be helpful to him also.

Today we met his teacher — Ms. Lupion. She is a nice Jewish lady who has been teaching Pre-K for the last 28 years. Alena has heard a lot about her and every parent who had a child in her class gives her endless praises. She is a strict, but a fair teacher. We really know numerous mothers who were very happy with her. We are very happy with the fact that out of three Pre-K classes in our school Arosha ended up in hers.

School lunch. And both teacher and a TA.First day went all right. I don’t know how it will go from now on, but I wish our little boy all the very best in this important journey that he has started today. And I’m sure that he will be able to meet all the challenges before him as all the kids (like ourselves) before him.
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