Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New school for the boys!

School started a couple of weeks ago now.  Charlie is enrolled in nursery and Graham is enrolled in Pre-K or FS (Foundation Stage) 2 in the British system.  Charlie did so well during what they call "induction week".  We spent 1 hour the first day and 2 hours on the 2nd day at his new nursery.  He was so preoccupied and happy!
But once nursery really started, his separation anxiety kicked in.  Charlie barely lasted 2 1/2 hours the first day!  I had to pick him up early and when he saw me, he just cried and ran towards me with relief.  Poor fella!
Here they are in their school uniform.  Well, Charlie doesn't really have a school uniform but it's a polo shirt from his school.  It helps him though, knowing that he's dressed like his brother and they are both going to school.
Graham on the other hand, was more than happy to go to school.  The school term started a little late as the school that he is going to is brand new.  So the first couple of weeks, Mommy and Graham would show up once a week just to wander up and down the hallway to check on the school's progress.
And once school did start, Graham was already the teacher's pet after the first day!  Unfortunately, day 2 didn't go so well.  Things were a little chaotic in his classroom and he came home with some ink on his face. After further discussion with his teacher, it was decided that Graham be moved to the next class up - Year 1.  Thankfully there are a few more English speakers in his class. Can you believe it... I was told that 97% or so of the students in this school are non-English speakers. YIKES!
So this week, Graham is sort of in his trial week for Year 1.  His new teacher mentioned that he is a little bit behind when it comes to writing but "he's so sweet".  Ha!  Graham is such a charmer!  We'll see what happens by the end of the week.

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