J went to his friend's, F, birthday party. We made a card for him.
I drew a (rather funny looking!) birthday cake with 3 candles on a piece of paper and asked J to copy on his own piece of paper.
I also wrote the words "Happy Birthday" on the paper, then gave him a bunch of alphabet stickers and ask him to find the letters and stick them on the card. He had fun looking for the letters and choosing the colours. I love the way he carefully looked at my hand writing of Happy Birthday and look for the letters and stick them very neatly next to each other.
Last of all, instead of asking J to write his name (which I usually ask him to write the letter "J") I asked him to choose a picture of himself and use that as the "signature".
I like this kind of work where I provided guidance on the side but let him draw / stick by himself.
He told me about his school:
Towards the end of dinner time J said "Thank you mummy for staying with me, because I love you very much"
J was crying when we queued up for the school. I told him the teddy bear on his name tag is mummy, it is going to be with him staying in the class, singing, listening to stories, and playing with his classmates. If he ever misses mummy he can take a look at the bear. I took him into the classroom and the teacher had to pull him away from me because he did not let me go.
Again again again, I took a deep breathe and went home.
I picked him up from school and I was very happy to see him talking about all the stuff he did at school:
Later on this evening he said "I looked at the teddy bear on my badge many times today because I really really really really really really love you"
I hear more Chinese vocabs from J after just 3 days of school:
J started crying when we queued up for the door to open in the school. He said he did not want to go to school. He went into the lobby by himself. I saw him crying a lot and his red was all red. A teacher was stopping him from rushing out to the door.
Again I took a deep breathe and went home.
Picked up J today and he was singing "快啲快啲出嚟, 快啲快啲出嚟"
We went to the playground today:
1st day of school where J had to stay in the school by himself without accompanied by me.
He was calm and normal when we queued up in front of the school waiting for the school to open the door. I told him he would have fun with the teachers and his classmates, and I gave him big hugs. My heart was pounding as I did not know how he would react. He walked into the school by himself. But then once he was inside the lobby he suddenly realised I was not there and he started crying. I secretely peeked and saw a teacher picked him up.
I took a deep breathe and I trusted the teacher and I went home.
I briefly cleaned the house and was able to sit down in front of the computer for a good 10 minutes before heading out to pick up J again.
We had to queue up outside his classroom and pick up the kids one by one.
He looked fine when I picked him up.
Me: How was your day?
He told me he did not have the cake provided by the school at snack time because he was too upset.
Later on in the MTR on the way back home he suddenly said "Mummy I love you".
We went out to the bank and post office in the afternoon and he was singing in Chinese 大波波細波波 with his fingers making big and small circles, he told me he learnt it from the school.
During bath time he was trying to lure me to go to school with him.