Well, Joni has officially started kindergarten here (called gan - sounds like "gone"). She has had two days of it so far, and *most* of it has gone well.
First, she had a back-to-school night the night before where she got to see her classroom and meet some of the kids. Just before that we had a "special dinner" just for Joni. I let her pick what she wanted to eat and she chose pancakes and soda.
I'm mean and I made her eat eggs first. But she was so thrilled to have a fancy glass of orange soda, she didn't seem to care too much. :)
One of the boards in her classroom. All in Hebrew of course. The blue sign says, "Shalom to all". I assume the little ties on the kites have the childrens' names, but I wouldn't know. I'm illiterate here.
Joni's first first-day-of-school picture. She's right outside our apartment.
Out on the sidewalk in front of the gan. We go through a huge gate, then down three sets of stairs to get to it.
After school I took her to the mall to get a new dress, which turned into a new dress, a balloon, and a soda. She was on cloud nine. While we were sitting there chatting we had a pause in the conversation. She then asked, "So how was your day, mom?" To which I replied, "Actually, it's been a very, very good day!" She responded, "Yeah mom, that's because you got to spend the day with ME!" :) So true.
Here is a highly requested picture of inside her classroom this morning (your welcome, mom). Joni runs straight over to the fish when she gets there.
As far as her adjustment has gone, it hasn't been too bad so far. She doesn't seem to mind that her teacher doesn't speak any English. She just follows what the other kids do. There is one other little girl in the class that speaks English, although I'm not sure that will be a purely positive experience for her. Apparently today the other girl really hurt Joni's feelings. So all through this afternoon Joni has been telling me that she can't go to school tomorrow because now that she doesn't like her new friend, she won't have anyone to play with and she will be "SOOO bored!". I keep telling her that tomorrow will be better. I hope it is!
I'm so proud of Joni. Starting school is a big adjustment for any child, let alone starting school in a foreign country and in a foreign language. She's so brave.