This is the part two of my post on Aki’s first day in school. See here for the first post.
Since the start of the year, he has been very excited to go to school. Here is a sample Q&A with him
Me – Aki, san ka papasok? (Aki, where are you going?)
Aki – Chul! (School!)
Me – Anong meron sa school? (What will you see in school?)
Aki (with matching hand gestures) – Mami fends (madaming friends/lots of friends)
Me – Anong gagawin mo sa school? ( What will you do in school?)
Aki – La’-tz time! (lunch time)
Me – Anong gusto mong baon? (What packed snacks would you like to have?)
Aki – Luh-jhaw egg (lugaw with egg/ rice porridge with egg)
Me – Anong sasabihin mo kay Teacher? (What will you say to Teacher?)
Aki – No-ning! (Morning!)
I think reading the book Where is Bunny’s Mommy really psyched him for school. The book is about what Bunny’s activities in school/daycare and his mommy’s activities at work. I bought it because it is one of the few books that I encoutered about a working mommy. I highly recommend the book. The book introduced Aki to the idea of lunch time, having friends in school, playing in school and patiently waiting for Mummy to arrive from work.
What I think also helped is the Disney Jr show, Upin and Ipin. I am a fan! I wish we have a similar show that showcases our culture. I love the series so much that I tried to watch the 3-part Mother’s day episode in Bahasa Malay in Youtube! Did you know that Upin and Ipin’s mom already passed away? I still have to research where is the boys’ dad. Anyhoo, U & I are five-year olds who go to school. Aki’s interest in going to school was further reinforced by watching the show.
As expected, Aki’s first day in school was drama-free. Some of his classmates were crying. Some were clinging to their parents. But my Aki, as soon as he saw a fellow kid, ran off to the free play area without saying goodbye to us.
This is the free play area. There is an area for reading, for pretend kitchen, sitdown activities and for active play.
Aki was immediately at ease. He proudly showed off his clay creations to his classmates and their adult companions.
When another classmate sat on his chair, he just happily continued playing with the homemade clay, standing up.
One of the teachers had to ask me what his real name is because everytime they ask him his name, his standard answer was Benten! With matching closed fist pumped into air.
He waited for his turn for the toy car but when he was about to sit on it, a more persistent classmate took the car from him. Aki kept saying My turn! My turn! but later on found that it was also fun to push the car.
When Teacher Tina announced that they will go to the classroom in five minutes, Aki dropped the toys and ran for the classroom. We had to tell him to wait for Teacher to call them again. So when Teacher Tina, asked the kids to go to the red line, Aki was there first. When Teacher Tina asked the kids’ help in counting how many classmates were there in the line, Aki counted the loudest. So so sooooo proud!
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