2012年3月11日日曜日

getting ready

We're getting ready for Amy to start school.

We've bought the bag.

The school lunch uniform.

The red and white hat.

We have to go back for the PE uniform as they didn't have her size at orientation day. Nothing like that to make a kid feel gigantuan, huh?

Today we walked to school for a practice run.

All four of us. I remember doing this with Meg and she was sooo thrilled she wore her school bag the whole way there and back. Amy? No way! How embarrassing and really she'd rather not go at all and especially not with mum and dad!

But K and I were both blessed with the worry gene so even though they have been practicing walking around town at kinder for months we wanted to see with our own eyes that she knows about intersections and cars and public vs private property and all that stuff so we all walked down there together.

Amy is a great walker. She's been intermittently walking 2k or so to kinder since she was three. What we hadn't noticed was that she is great at 'going for a walk' but not exactly 'walking somewhere'. She kept stopping to look at cats and snow and flowers and pretty curtains and and and... It took no time at all before Meg was threatening to leave her behind.... K's and my biggest fear- after the one where they have a fight half way to school and one gets injured/ pushed onto the road/ down a roadside ditch/ into a rice paddy.... Ok, I worry a lot!

But we made it there in 57 minutes which isn't too bad for a first attempt.... (yes, K timed us.)

Back to getting ready, she has a desk and chair and while it was a close call on whether to get the neighbour's back hoe in to clear said desk she managed to sort through a million pictures and letters and assorted 'treasures' (that word really is subjective when it comes to kids, hey?) and we now have a space to do homework.

All this preparation is coming from those around her.

What about Amy? What's she doing to get ready? Well she's been through her skirt draw twice looking at everything and deciding what is school-worthy. This is a big deal as kinder has a no skirts rule so our little fashionista is most looking forward to being free to wear frills again come April.

And while she has always spent hours doing drawings and stories and letters and such there is now a definite educational bent to her doodles.

This was today's effort:


Bad picture (again) as I left my camera at work and am using my phone but at the top it says "It's Maths!" And then "Name Amy". The flower swirl thing is known as a "hanamaru" and is the highest in primary school praise. A check is a cross, one circle is good, two circles is very good and the hanamaru (flower circle) is excellent. Glad she thinks her work is ok, huh?

The writing is hard to read a a number of letters are back to front and the exclamation has gone Spanish and upside down but it says 'It's fun and interesting. How are you!? Doing it.' Then it's sums on the left and she has written the numbers from 1-7 in Japanese followed by 'lunch time'.

The countdown is on till the end of kinder and the start of school!




5 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

Yep, we're 99% done with Noah's "getting ready" for the first grade stuff also. We bought his pianca at the orientation, the first renrakucho, school name tags etc. We don't have to buy lunch uniforms though, they switch smocks and us mom's all wash them.

I'm working on my getting ready post also. Good luck to Amy, Noah and to us as mom's. : )

thefukases さんのコメント...

Wow every school is different huh? We don't get pianica until well into term 1 and the school supplies renrakucho and name tags (along with a gazillion other things) on the first day. For some reason the kids here don't just serve but eat lunch in their kyushoku uniform too so they each have one. Where I taught in Fukushima only the monitors wore them and they were washed and dried each day at school!

I feel like we're sharing a car on a journey here you and me. Our little kids are gonna be school kids! @_@ Here's to a fabulous start to school and grade 1!

Jane さんのコメント...

You're good to worry about the fights ゛on the walk to and from school ゛as my sister and I are a year apart and always had blowouts then. I think the worst was when I ran ahead and locked the front door and she refused to go to the back door. It was snowing and quite cold and the neighbor called my mom.

Interesting to see the difference in personalities!

Xana さんのコメント...

One of the many reasons I love reading your blog is that it is a preview for me of next year. I hadn't worried about the fighting on the way to school, but now realize of course I should! Well, I have another year to worry about it.

Here, kids use the school lunch uniforms and bring them home on Fridays to be washed after they were toucan. And they had pianicas in yochien.

Lana will have to have everything hemmed, she is such a shorty.

Do you have to label everything in one night? Surely they give you a head start on the math set, at least? Or can little sisters use the math sets with big sister's name or will I have to relabel it all? Bleah.

Good luck to pika pika Amy!

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

super impressed with her kanji and math skills!! Wow. Surely she should be able to skip first grade all together.
A no skirt rule? really? I think if we had that I'd end up putting skirts on with leggings on underneath for Marina every day.