School’s in

My son started school yesterday. Big day. We found a little Montessori school in our neighborhood that’s reasonably priced and the teachers for his age group do speak English. A’s having trouble adjusting, though. He seems excited and happy for school, but when we leave, he’s apparently inconsolable for some time. I know it’s just a matter of getting used to the change, but there’s the added difficulty that a lot of the kids only speak Spanish, and it must be hard to be in a new place where you can’t understand anything that anyone’s saying. We want A to learn Spanish (hence putting him into a bi-lingual school), but it’s hard on me as well to see him so sad when I have to leave @ 8:00 a.m.

Yesterday, the school called at 10:00 a.m. to say that he should be picked up at 10:30 (school goes until 12:00 p.m.). Luckily I had gotten all my errands at the Embassy done by then so it wasn’t too much of a pain. I’m expecting a similar call this morning, so I’m going to stay close to home. I really want him to be able to go to school and enjoy himself and start learning, meeting new friends, etc. I also want to have the free time in the morning to get things done, and eventually be able to work part-time. Without school, that will be an impossibility unless we hire a nanny, but I fear the same situation even at home. Not many people speak English here, and I’m guessing that the nannies who do are more expensive than the school (not to mention in-demand).

Overall, I think that A will get used to this school thing, but it’ll take some time. He’s been in daycare before (with a friend of ours), so he can definitely do it. But until his Spanish comprehension improves, I’m afraid there will be a lot of sadness and confusion.

A whole lot of changes are happening in his life (and ours), and it will all get better as our time at post wears on.

Mahalo for today.

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