Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Kindergarten

So it’s been a little while so I thought it was a good time for a Naomi update.

The big thing in Naomi’s life right now is preparing for kindergarten. She is desperate to start school. I suspect that she is bored at the home-based daycare she attends. There is one other girl her age and they don’t get along very well. One moment they are best buddies and the next minute they hate each other. Oh the drama. The other 4 children are quite a bit younger so she doesn’t want to play with the “babies”.
Every day at 4 pm I leave work and pick up Naomi from daycare and then we pick up Francis from school. Every day is torture for Naomi. She always peers into the kindergarten classrooms pointing out her favourite things; piles of construction paper, containers of paint and markers, boxes of scissors, tons of storybooks and let’s not forget the pet turtle in Madame B’s class.
It all started a while back. Stephan and I were wondering what to do about the fact that Naomi would miss the school year because of her October birthday (the cut-off here is September 30th). Our initial decision was to just wait as many people told us to give her time and let her be the oldest in the class. Just after the holidays our daycare provider told us that she really felt that Naomi was ready for Kindergarten. She has seen many children off to kindergarten so I trust her opinion. In our province there is a process called “derogation” in which parents can request to have their child tested to see if they can enter kindergarten early. The child has to demonstrate a higher than average (for their age) ability in order to be able to keep up with the rest of the class. We decided that we would start the testing (done by a child psychologist) and see what they recommended. They look at overall IQ scores but they also have to asses if the child is ready emotionally. We knew that Naomi would do well on the test as we have always been told that she was very bright. We were slightly concerned about her separation anxiety but she has been making great improvements lately. Well, I was shocked to hear from the child psychologist one evening telling me that Naomi scored in the 92nd percentile on her IQ test. She also said that Naomi was able to sit quietly and focus for the full 1 ½ hours of the test and that she was not shy or timid with her. She recommended that we go ahead and enrol her for the 2011-2012 school year.

So we filled out all the paperwork and everything has been submitted to the school board. We have been waiting for the official response but we are fairly certain that it will not be a problem. In the meantime we have been looking at backpacks and bento boxes and every day Naomi asks me “when is it going to be my turn to go to school? I can’t wait!” Every day I remind her that school starts after the summer – which has been a great way to teach her about the seasons. She is also working to improve her French as the school she will be attending is bilingual.

UPDATE: I wrote this post about a week ago but had not posted yet since I wasn’t sure how to end it. Well, today we got the official letter from the school board saying that that she is accepted! Nice to have it all official. Funny how part of me is thrilled for her and the other part is not quite ready for her to be a big girl yet. Ah the complexities of motherhood!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Naomi à la plage