More from school

This morning Sophia didn’t protest when we told her we were bringing her to school (yay!) BUT on the way to school I got worried when the following exchange took place:

Me: Do you like school?

Sophia: *silence*

Me: Do you like Teacher X?

Sophia: *silence*

Me: Do you like Teacher Y?

Sophia: *shakes*

Me: Why? Is Teacher Y fierce?

Sophia: *shakes*

Me: Is Teacher Y nice?

Sophia: *shakes*

Me: Does teacher Y hug you?

Sophia: *shakes*

Me: (thinking she may perhaps just be in a head shaking mood) Do you like mummy?

Sophia: *nods*

Me: Do you like Teacher X?

Sophia: *shakes*

From that point I decided I’ve got to take charge of the conversation and psyche her up about how fun school will be, with toys, books, friends, singing, dancing and from next week onwards, playground time! She didn’t look at all convinced.

At school, she still didn’t like the hand, foot and mouth check but was ok with going upstairs to her class. When we entered the class, even I had a shock. There were only 2 boys in class but they were crying their heads off and the 2 teachers were trying to calm on down each. When I brought Sophia in after washing her hands, she was clinging on to me with both hands (understandably). Teacher X asked if she wanted to sit at the table and she said “cannot”, so Teacher X tried to take her hand for a walk round the classroom with a violently crying boy and she refused to let go of my hand. So I got to her level, hugged her and told her that she’ll stay there and play with her friends for 2 hours like yesterday and grandpa and daddy will pick her up after that. With that she released my hand and went to the mini library in the classroom. Success!

When daddy picked her up, she was the only person not crying in a class that was complete chaos with crying children all over. Teacher told daddy that she was very independent, walking around the classroom to help herself to toys and books, and helped teacher with cleaning up. She also didn’t cry at all despite all the crying going on around her. Seems like this school brought out her self confidence and independence for some reason. I’m glad and hope that the rest of the children will also settle in soon and the class can start enjoying activities together.

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