So, we’re now into week 3 at the ‘new school’ and still the big brother seems to be taking everything in his stride. We’ve had no wobbles, no tears, no “I wish I was back in Dubai” moments; and frankly, the longer this goes on, the more confident I’m becoming that everything really is fine in his little world.
His last class teacher was fabulous, and by her own admission, pushed hard to get results which I’m not about to complain about. One benefit of this has been very clear in the last few weeks as the big brother has enjoyed a smooth transition into his new class where he appears to be comfortably tackling his lessons.
Every afternoon he comes home with a new reading book which is quickly devoured and returned for another. Numeracy homework has yet to need twinsmummy to step in (always a relief), and even the spellings are proving no great challenge. I’m trying not to be smug about all this you understand.
So, the upshot is, I’m not really worrying about anything that goes on during his day. I know he’s made friends as I’ve been introduced to them at pick up time and he has been invited to two birthday parties to date. I also know that the best bit about his new school as far as he’s concerned has nothing to do with the curriculum or his peers, but the rather fabulous school dinners that he now enjoys (there were no school dinners at his school in Dubai, hence the novelty).
Each day, I collect a very cheery little chap, who talks non-stop all the way home about whatever game he’s played at break time, or what the pudding was at lunch time.
I try to pry more information out of him by steering him towards anything new he might have learnt that day, and it is at this point I find out that there is one subject where he’s not as well versed as the rest of his peers.
Twinsmummy: “So, did you learn anything new today?”
Big Brother: “Yes, we were learning all about freezers”
TM: “Freezers? Was that in your science lesson? What exactly did you learn? (admittedly, a little bemused).
BB: “Not FREEZERS mummy, JESUS!! Don’t you know about Jesus?”
TM: Desperately backtracking… “Yes, of course I know about Jesus. What exactly did you learn?”
BB: “We were reading about him going on a donkey. We were copying the story out of a big book”
TM: “Was it the bible?”
BB: With more than a little surprise. “So you do know about Jesus then?”
RE – the one subject that wasn’t covered as thoroughly in the UAE.