Joni is officially enrolled in kindergarten here. I am extremely nervous, but also very excited. Round-trip, it will be a 1 mile walk, twice a day.
Cons: it feels like very long hours for someone so young. She will be there from 7:30 - 1:30. It is also 6 DAYS A WEEK! Who has school 6 days a week? She'll be going Sunday through Friday (remember, our Sabbath here is on Saturday). We finally met with the teacher briefly and she doesn't speak a lick of English. We had previously assumed that she would because it seems like most people with a higher education speak English. But no. I think this will make the initial transition much more difficult for Joni.
Pros: she will pick up an entire second language. From what we understand, she will almost immediately pick up basic vocabulary, and will be virtually fluent by December. Even though she doesn't turn 5 until the end of October, she has seemed ready for school for a long time now. She has a very strong desire to learn AND to socialize. We have also been told that any learning she does here in Hebrew, will only enhance how well she learns when she gets back to school in the states. Any skills she learns here will transfer over to English. That's amazing to me.
We have a get-to-know-you meeting on Monday night, and then she starts school on Tuesday morning.
It gives me butterflies just thinking about it. I always assumed that starting my oldest child in school would be a weird transition, but I never expected to do it in a foreign country.
I'll post pictures and an update after her first day. Tom is worried that Joni will have a meltdown when the reality of not understanding a single word sinks in, and the teacher won't be able to call and talk to me because we wouldn't understand each other. I don't think it will be nearly that bad. I think Joni will be frustrated but excited.
I guess we'll see who is right.