Thursday, October 29, 2009

She's Growing Up Too Fast

Posted by MANDI at 4:08 PM
We've just arrived home from the Kindergarten information session for Offspring #2. Yep, she's off to kindy next year and, while there were times when I thought that the first day of school would never come, I'm not sure I'm quite ready to let her go just yet. She's still so little - she only comes up to my waist. And she calls things funny names - we know what she's talking about but other people don't. And she needs help with her shoes sometimes. And she makes up crazy songs mushing together a bunch of different nursery rhymes to create something quite, um, extraordinary. And... she's my baby!

We found out what days she'll be attending kindy, who her class-mates are, met her teacher and saw her classroom. She'll be attending the same school as her big brother so a lot of the general school information is familiar but it was a bit of a relief for both of us to know that two of her special friends will be in her class and at least say hello to her teacher.

I guess I'd best clear off my fridge door sometime before February. I have a feeling there might be a lot more art wanting a space there.


Iris Flavia on October 30, 2009 at 1:35 PM said...

Oh, my, she´s so cute!
Just why is it called Kindergarten? That truly is a German word...

Red Dirt Mummy on October 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM said...

Hey Iris - Kindy is before school here. We have kindy which is a couple of days/week then pre-primary, which is full-time and both are very much recommended but optional. Then 'proper' compulsory school starts the year they turn 6. Primary school is years 1-7 (approx ages 6-12years old) and secondary school is years 8-12 (approx 13-17 years old). But... it's different depending which state you live in!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like mummy is not quite ready for her baby girl to grow up! You will both be fine next year but I don't doubt a few tears will be shed in the first week! Kaz x

Iris Flavia on November 2, 2009 at 2:36 PM said...

Yupp, same here, it´s before school. I was just wondering about the word itself, Kinder = Children, and well, Garten is Garden.
I was wondering why you call it Kindergarten.
But, I guess you also say "Gesundheit" when someone sneezes, which simply means "Health".
Languages, what big fun that is! ;-)

Red Dirt Mummy on November 2, 2009 at 7:47 PM said...

Reaching waaaayyyyy back into my memory I think (very big think!) that kindy was introduced (or at least became a regular part of schooling) in Australia in the early 70's and was based on the German model therefore the name.


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