Thursday, May 19, 2011

First Day Of School

Rose started school!

My intention was to keep her home the remainder of this year and start her next fall.  I am a big advocate of homeschooling newly adopted kids--hunkering down and staying home as much as possible.  I love the chance to spend more time together, to bond, to teach.

But, sometimes, plans change. 

Every time Rose talked to a translator, or we met someone who spoke Chinese, Rose made it a point to have them tell us she wanted to go to school like the other kids in the family.  (This made for interesting conversations at the local Chinese restaurant--every time we went they would ask us if we had started her in school yet?!)

She started going to Chinese school on the weekend, shortly after we arrived home.  But this didn't seem to "count" as school and gave Rose even more opportunities to have translators tell us she wanted to go to "big school." 

So, we listened. Actually, we found a great compromise. 

Rose has a crazy school schedule, but she loves it!

From 9-9:30 she joins a 4th grade class and rotates in music, PE, or library
9:30-9:45 she goes to recess--she LOVES making new friends!

Then, she comes back home.  Good thing we live close to the school!

Then, she goes back to the school.  (I told you it was crazy). 

11:30-12:00 she has one-on-one tutoring
12:00-12:40 she has ESL class (English as a Second Language)  Actually, English is her third language since she already speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, but who's counting?

Then, she comes back home.  I'm getting into great shape with all the walking!

The other kids have been so welcoming and sweet to her!  The first day another little girl waved to her and wanted Rose to sit next to her.

Rose is happy to have new friends and it's been nice to ease her into school.  She will be more prepared for next year.  We are very grateful to have a principal and teachers who have made this work and who have made Rose feel so loved.


"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

That is a crazy schedule, but if it helps her and she is happy :) how can you say no to that smile??

amber said...

If this was Facebook, I would press "like"

Coll Cat said...

Have I ever mentioned that I love you and your family. Oh, and your blog! What fun for Rose! :)