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It has finally arrived. Asher is in primary school!

Actually, I thought I’d feel more awed and emotional about it, but surprisingly it’s been ok. Maybe I’m becoming less emotional and sentimental? I thought I’d get emotional about his K2 graduation too, but I didn’t. Maybe there’s just been so many things going on that this became just one of many things, rather than the BIG thing.

Anyway, perhaps it rubbed off or something, but Asher has adjusted pretty well to primary school too. He mentioned a few days before starting that he was excited and a bit nervous. But he was calm on the first day, and has been enjoying his time so far.

As he’s in the afternoon session, on the morning of his first day we all went for a quick walk to East Coast Park to chill out. For lunch I arranged for a surprise of beef noodles. We had eaten a fabulous bowl of beef noodles one morning in Hong Kong and he’s been asking for it every since. He happily slurped up every bit of it before changing and heading down to wait for the school bus.

Enjoying his beef noddles

Enjoying his beef noddles

I wondered how’d he take to the new school bus, worrying a little that he’d not want to get on it. But when the bus came he just flipped me a wave and called over his shoulder, “Bye! See you later!” I guess he knew we would be meeting him in school. But still.

While waiting for the bus

While waiting for the bus

Off to school, no sweat

Off to school, no sweat

In the end we didn’t get a chance to see him before the briefing, but met him at  recess time. I had to convince him to buy something from the ‘proper’ food stalls rather than the snack stall. When we came for the pre-orientation in December he had bought some biscuits from the snack stall, so he assumed that’s where he’d get his food from. I told him he shouldn’t buy things from the snack stall too often, and he replied matter-of-factly, “But I haven’t gone there too often”. Har har. I wasn’t about to let him get away with snacks on day 1.

In the end he bought a bao (chinese bun with filling), and has been eating bao every single day since! But that’s better than biscuits and other snacks.

His current favourite stall

His current favourite stall

It’s not his second week of school. Most days he has been very good about getting ready (even if he needs a bit of nagging to get moving), but there was one morning where he said he wished he could stay home, mainly because he wanted to keep on playing. So we have tried to fit in more play time on the weekend, and I keep reminding him that when he gets home he should quickly do his work so that he’s free to play. Afternoon sessions can be a real pain in this sense, because all the free time is split into two. There isn’t a nice long stretch of free time, instead there’s just a bit in the morning, and a bit in the evening provided his homework is done.

Overall, I’m very grateful that Asher has adjusted well so far. I’m praying that when the homework starts (he’s had none so far) he’ll still enjoy school all the same!

 

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