Amy started kindergarten a while back and I completely forgot to write anything about her first day, first week or in fact, her first one and a half months, but as it was her very first parents evening this week, I thought I’d write a little about her experience so far because as always, my little girl completely surprised me.
As most of you will know, Amy has never attended nursery or regular play and toddler groups. It just didn’t happen or wasn’t my cup of tea, but since moving to Germany, I thought it would be a good idea to send her to kindergarten for a number of reasons: It would give me some time to really focus on my work, but most of all, it would help her make some new friends, socialise and learn the language a little better.
Soon after arriving in Germany, I signed her up for kindergarten (which caters for kids between 3 and 6), but unfortunately, there was quite a long waiting list, which meant that she only started in the second week of March. She did however start with a bang and completely surprised me: To say I was petrified of her settling in sessions is an understatement. I was so scared that she’d hate it and cry that I was an absolute wreck when I arrived for her first session, but Amy took everything in her own stride and after three days of 2 hour sessions, she stayed from 8.30 to 14.00 for the very first time and had an absolute blast.
She enjoys the interaction with all the children and although her German is not quite fluent, she has settled in brilliantly. Her teacher told me that she blends in beautifully and enjoys taking part in daily activities, in particular the PE and craft sessions. Since Amy joined nursery mid-term, the only available place for her was in a group of children who are already 5 and older, but this hasn’t stopped her from making friends at all. She’s very confident, apparently well ahead her age when it comes to physical development, e.g. gross and fine motor skills and surprise, surprise – she’s very energetic.
Amy loves outdoor play and I’m so glad that her kindergarten has a “there’s no bad weather, just bad clothing” rule, which means that the children get to play outside every day. Once a week, they also have a forest day that allows the kids to explore nature and discover and play outside their playground.
Amy is always super excited after these days and keeps talking about all the things she’s seen and done. Trying new activities and testing their boundaries is something that her kindergarten are really encouraging and I really love that they give the kids the chance to try new things and learn to be independent. They get changed and dressed every day, they make their own beds for their afternoon nap/relaxation time and they plate up their own meals at lunch time and it’s something that I find really important as it’s something we do at home too. Amy has always been very independent wanting to do things by herself and learning and I would have hated for that side of hers to get buried under when starting nursery.
In general, I am just super happy with Amy’s kindergarten journey so far. Her teacher in particular is an incredibly lovely lady. She’s got such a wonderful way with the kids and every single day I see that she loves what she’s doing and that the kids love her and I couldn’t be happier that Amy gets to spend part of her day with someone so passionate about children.
Can you remember your kid’s first week at nursery or kindergarten? How did it go?