Red Thread

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break." ~ Ancient Chinese Beli

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Oh, the places you will go!!

Today is your day.

 You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!”

21 months ago Lulu joined Swallows and Amazons Pre-School as a timid and insecure little girl.  She joined a class which had children who were a grade level behind her peer group but what we felt was appropriate for her comfort zone.  With leaps and bounds she has made great strides moving quickly to the Parakeets and most recently joining her peer group this past October in the Toucans class.

The Toucans are special for a number of reasons but what has worked out so nicely for Lulu is that they are only  8 children in the class.  Four boys and four girls.  With such a small class the children have been able to really bond and grow together as a group of friends.  There are three teachers with the Toucans - a head, assistant and Mandarin teacher.  This just adds to it all because of the 1 on 1 attention the children receive.  

There is quite a bit of academic readiness that takes place as the children will be joining "big schools" now. Lots of attention spent on reading and writing readiness which is a great comfort for Lulu because this is what she gravitates to.  The challenge for the teacher was breaking her away from her comfort zone and getting her to develop her social and emotional skills.  And she has done just that.  Lulu now loves to play with her friends, to share and to collaborate in small groups.  She has really emerged into a more confident and social little girl who really enjoys school and trusts that I will come back at the end of the day.

There are still lots of challenges and nail biting moments but she is making her way.  I went to graduation today not knowing what to expect.  She was enjoying the preparations so that is all that really mattered but my hope was that she would make it through the ceremony okay...  

Toucans lining up for the big event!

Performing a song in Mandarin

A fun skit

Waiting to hear their names called

Diploma time with Miss Jackie, Head of School

Toucans Class of 2013 with Wu Lao Shi, Miss Mabel and Miss Wahila

Well as you can see from the above photos, our little graduate proved me wrong.....she more than made it.  She stood in front of the other students, teachers and parents.  She quietly joined in with the songs and skits and she proudly received her diploma from pre-school.  Some very proud Mommy and Papi moments.  Best of all....she is quite proud of herself.

We love you like "Crazy Cakes" all you can be!!!!