Today was Ashlyn's first day of
her language immersion program German Kindergarten. I'm so nervous for her. I know how frustrated and just DUMB I feel when people are speaking to me in German, (or French, Italian, etc.) and I have no clue. We are hoping that she will learn German, and this is supposedly the "best time" to pick up a foreign language. But, SHE'S MY BABY! and, I just fed her to the wolves left her with three very kind looking German teachers and several small children, where she was sitting at a table and playing a game. She hugged me and said "bye" with a smile. She seemed fine. I was on the verge of tears.
I'm sitting here thinking that she is fine, but maybe she's not. This morning when she asked where we were going, I told her that she was starting Kindergarten today. She said "I don't want to go to Kindergarten. I don't like Kindergarten." Of course, this weekend, when I told her that we were going to have fun, she said "I don't like fun!" (Moody? You think?) Allen also pointed out that she didn't speak to anyone at hourly care on post for over a year, and they all speak English. Obviously, she knows how to play with children without talking.
This getting to school at 8 every day thing is going to be tough. We are used to taking things slow in the mornings. Now, we all have to be ready to go early. I've had thoughts that we might be able to walk there a few mornings a week. It may be awhile before we are there. My original plan was for her to go only 2-3 days a week, but when I registered her I was told that she could go every day as first to help pick up the language. Oh, there is another American in the school, but she's in a different class.
I'm still nervous and probably will be until I pick her up. Unless things didn't go well and then I'll be nervous every day. Fortunately, she's only supposed to be there for two hours today (4 normally.)
OK, I thought writing about this would make me feel less nervous, but I possibly feel more nervous. Maybe cleaning the house will help. Or, really I should calm down, because I need to pick her up in only 10 minutes.
Of course, everything was fine. She was smiling when I picked her up. The lead teacher, Brigit, told me that she was fine. She talked to a few other kids as we were getting her stuff together, too.