Nathaniel and Natalie

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Trial and Error

Posted by daddy leon On April - 24 - 2009

We brought Nathaniel for a trial class at a pre-school, hoping to familiarise him with the place and people before he starts school in June.

He wouldn’t let us out of his sight. 

Hahaha, which makes me wonder if we would bear to leave him to the teachers come June.  Never thought it would be hard to harden our hearts and let the teachers take control.  In any case, it is something that has to be done, and it will be done… so be brave my little baby (and mummy)!

My wife tells me that she was the brave one last time and even waved her mum goodbye when she attended school for the first time.  I guess its me that was the “not so brave” one. I vaguely remembered crying and dreading school…

The teachers encouraged us by saying that it is extremely normal that toddlers cry initially and takes some time to adapt.  The teacher then went on to say that there are cases that if the toddler cries non-stop for too long, they will call the parents..  *GULP*  Baby, don’t do that to us ok?

There is just something very cute about seeing toddlers sitting at a table together… not socialising, just minding their own business.

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“YUM SENG!”

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“ what do you think of the lunch?”

All the students were feeding themselves, and Nathaniel tried to do likewise, albeit not as proficient as the rest.  Well Done Nathaniel!

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“I can do it too!”

Story telling is Nathaniel’s favourite, but only if the story teller is mummy or daddy.  He wanted to steal some of the teacher’s books back to mummy!

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“give me that book, I want my mummy to read it to me”

And when all the students were dancing to the music and tunnelling through a play tunnel, Nathaniel would not participate, but chose rather to observe.  He nodded his head to the music occasionally (if the song was upbeat enough for him).    It was only when the half day trial ended for Nathaniel and the rest of the toddlers went for their nap, he sprung into life… Nathaniel jumped at the opportunity of tunnelling and playing with the toys undisturbed. Haha, to think that we thought he was afraid of the tunnel. 

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“I play fine alone..” 

Lord, we pray you give the child confidence.  Help him understand that mummy and daddy will always be there with him. And more importantly, that You will always be there for him. Amen!

6 Responses to “Trial and Error”

  1. sz says:

    nat seems to be adapting better and better! :)
    may i know where is the pre-school? TIA!

  2. Paul says:

    can bring DSLR to take pic huh? :P

    I also cried on my first day to school. LOL.

  3. gugu nanie says:

    I think it’s a great idea to start him in such playschool settings. I’m sure he’ll warm up to the other kids after some time and he’ll start having best friends!! That would be so sweet.

  4. lish© says:

    he looks quite happy there.

    btw, children church helps a great deal. I was v worried for E initially too. Last year she attended the playgroup she cried big time because the teacher didn’t know how to handle them. It was after 1 full term before she could attend unaccompanied, and that was partly thanks to new teacher, and also taking time to get over the fear of the old teacher (the old teacher locked them in class and locked us out, and the kids all cried 3 hrs, and thereafter were v scared of sch)

    anyway, Children church helped big time because before she started n1 this yr, somewhere in dec while going for children church she told me not to worry, that she is big girl can go to cc alone. And same when 1st day of sch happened! Praise Jesus :)

  5. silver_crv says:

    the tunnel pic reminds me of edagr doing the same thing too. And at one point..his exit passage was blocked by a bigger kid.. not knowing what to do…he crawled backward..back to the starting entrance..

    I am sure looking at these pics of him playing alone or with new friends… certainly make us very proud as daddy right?

  6. foleon eyeh says:

    台湾著名作家龍應台在她的一本新書 “目送” 里这样写着:

    很多很多的孩子, 在操場上等候上課的第一聲鈴響。
    小小的手,圈在爸爸的、媽媽的手心裡,怯怯的眼神,打量著周遭。他們是幼稚園的畢業生,但是他們還不知道一個定律:一件事情的畢業,永遠是另一件事情的開啟。
    鈴聲一響, 頓時人影錯雜,奔往不同方向,但是在那麼多穿梭紛亂的人群裡,我無比清楚地看著自己孩子的背影──就好像在一百個嬰兒同時哭聲大作時,母親仍舊能夠準確聽出自己孩子哭聲的位置。

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