My second girl, Hita, reached an important milestone today.
She is now a first grader at Elementary School.
We put her in kindergarten a little too early… at that time whenever her big sister went to her kindergarten she cried and wanted to join her. She would watched and hung around her kindergarten so we decided to enrol her…But, it turned out she just wanted to be with her sister and not really joined the activities :(( She did not socialise much with other kids too. There were times when she just did not want to turn up to her playgroup. It really was a bad decision on our parts. Thankfully, with the support from her teachers, she gradually grew…She is naturally shy to others. Being a the youngest in the family, she also had a penchant of having things her ways. But now, she listens to others more, trying hard to understand and a lot more responsible.
Last year, Hita was 6 years old when the kindergarten year finish…Some of her friends opted to ”graduate” from their kindergarten and enrolled straight to elementary school at the age of six (and over). But, her dad and I chose to let her stayed another year in kindergarten. First and foremost because we want her to be ready to go to elementary school. There are also other consideration. Hita wants to go to public school that her sister went. Public school in Indonesia has a strict rule that children must be at the age of 7. Children at the age of 7 or more will be guaranteed a place in a public school. Younger children will be ranked according to their home location (within the same neighbourhood and district with the school) and their age.
She started her day very early. I told her that I would wake her up at 6 because she should be by her school at 6.30. But, when I woke up at 5.30 she jumped right off her bed. I asked why she woke up very early. She said that she was so excited that she could not sleep well 🙂
Then, she ate her breakfast and get ready. I can see that she was really excited. Ratih joined me to take Hita to school. She was assigned to class 1B with 31 other students. As she entered the class, she opted to sit alone in the back. But her teacher was quick to react. She asked her to sit with another girl.
Ratih and I watched on from outside of the class as her teacher started the lesson with introduction. The teacher called out each student and asked what the child’s nickname. Then comes Hita’s turn.
Teacher: Kadek Erahita
Hita: shyly raised her hand…
Teacher: what is your nickname
Hita: started spelling her name…H..I…T…A
good girl 🙂
Then, we left her at school.
I came back at 9 to pick her up. Her face beamed as she saw me…As I took her hand, she proudly mentioned that she made 1 new friend. All the way home in the car she could not stop talking about her first day.
Congratulations on reaching this important milestone Hita. Hope you will enjoy your school years!