Well, as I was saying, Yasmin had a good time on her first day of school. She wore her school uniform, we carried her bag. Hubby and I sent her to the school together. Oh, her Atuk was there too..armed with his video camera as well! She seemed to like it. She didn't cry. But she was much too curious with the new environment to want to sit still and follow in the classes. So for the duration that we were there (and according to the teacher, until the end of the classes), she was just roaming around the school. The principal mentioned though, that kids are usually like this on the first day but it may be a different story the next day. The initial excitement might be gone, they might cry, etc. I was hoping this wouldn't be the case for Yasmin.
Turns out, the principal did know her stuff. Yep, the second day started with Yasmin refusing to wear her school uniform. In the end, I only managed to get her into her school socks! And when I picked her up later, I saw that her nose was a little runny and her eyes wet. I asked the teachers and they said she was OK. And it was the same thing for the next few days, she still didn't want to wear her uniform and she was crying at school. She wouldn't really go into the classes but the teachers just let her play or wander around the rooms on her own. Once, in the morning, I woke her up to go to school and her face was instantly sad and on the verge of crying. This is the hardest bit as the parent. I knew this was just a reaction to the new change in her life but it sure is heartbreaking and gut wrenching to have to see it. What was she feeling? Scared? Worried she would be abandoned at the school? It's easy for others to give advice and tell you this and that, but in the end, you're the one who has to be there to comfort and deal with the child.
On the second week, Yasmin came home with a runny nose and cough and we decided to get her to the doctor and not send her to school for the rest of the week. This is another challenge once kids are in school - the ease in getting infections from the other kids. She was still coughing slightly on the coming Monday but we decided to just send her so as not to have such a long gap of her missing school. Then the following week, the school organised a trip to the UMS Aquarium. Again, we decided not to allow Yasmin to go with them - she still didn't want to wear her uniform (which was required for the trip), she is prone to wandering around and we were worried the teachers wouldn't be able to handle her plus with flu bugs going around, it wasn't a good idea to be at public places anyway (something hubby thought the school should have considered).
She's getting better. Some days she still pulls a bit of a crying face when I drop her off in the morning but only for a while (so the teachers say). She is joining into the classes - which is good. Usually when I come to fetch her around 1140am, she is already ready and waiting with her school backpack on. The other day she was holding hands and playing with the principal's son (whom according to her is younger than Yasmin - and at this, the little boy stormed off yelling 'I am not younger!!' Haha..cute!). I went to pick her up yesterday and was surprised by this.
I am slightly worried about a few things though. Yasmin seems to be developing some new habits - which we are quite sure she has picked up at school. Like sometimes yelling to us (whilst pointing) and saying, 'You go over there!' or 'Hey, no crying!' Hmm...we never say stuff like this to her at home. I get worried and sad thinking if she is being scolded. I know she can be naughty at times and she also doesn't follow instructions well. I stayed with her at the school one day and noticed that the principal is rather kasar when she talks to the kids. And some of the teachers, when one of the students didn't listen to them, they merely said 'Bah, biarlah kau..' to one of the kids. Hmmm......Pre-school teachers (and all teachers for that matter) ni kena la extra extra penyabar, right? I hope it's not as bad as I am making it out to be..