Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Graduation Day at School

I can't believe that I haven't had time to write about little N's first stage performance and the proud mamma moment when my little one "graduated" from her pre-nursery class (her first playschool that is). March 13, 2010 was an emotional day for us as we watched our little one perform on stage (to the "bits of paper" nursery rhyme) for the first time in her life and then actually doing the convocation walk to accept her degree certificate for her first year of school.

In my mind it was just a playschool that she went to all this while and I had enrolled her there mostly for her to socialize and interact with kids her age and have a good time. But when they actually graduate like this, our hearts well up with joy and pride reliving how much she and we have gone through to get her this far. I remember those early unsure days when I just admitted her there - she was just 1 year 9 months when she started and I used to attend with her for the entire 3 hours each day to get her to adjust and like the place. This went on for almost 3 weeks until we finally cut the chord and let her be by herself. Ofcourse she cried, ofcourse she wanted mamma but she settled down eventually and realized that the teachers there are not going to bite her nor are the other kids :-) Infact after a few months, she actually looked forward to go to her 'Meera auntie' and 'Mohini auntie' and 'Smita auntie' and happily used to recite every nursery rhyme or song or prayer they sang at school. The fact that I could completely trust these ladies who ran this place almost like a second home for kids was a huge step in my life as a mom too. I could finally trust my child with someone other than family and look forward to having 3 hours to my disposal doing 'non child' stuff :-) Not to mention the wonderful changes we saw in our little one after settling down there. She being a shy kinds suddenly opened up beautifully and her vocabulary improved amazingly as she picked up English quite fast! Now suddenly all she knew was English (instead of Hindi or Konkani that we speak at home).

In any case, I think re-living the last year and going through all the stuff me and little N have gone through just brought out tears in my eyes when I saw her graduating from this foundational year in her life. I am sure we will thank Meera and Mohini auntie for years to come for making the first year of N's school life such a wonderful experience! As they say in their school - "God bless mummy, god bless daddy, god bless teacher, god bless me!!!"

17 comments:

memyhubbynbaby said...

I just wrote a post about Ash's first day of school. It was good to read your post after this, good to know that we can see positive changes at the end of the year, that its all worth it :) Congrats on graduating Lil one!

Divs said...

Thanks Priyanka. And I read your post as well. Don't stress yourself too much...it does get better and better and they do enjoy school after a while. Hang in there! Hugs!

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shalu said...

Hey which school does the little N goes to..

Chitra said...

Time flies huh Divya? :)

hugs to your little girl.

enjoy the moments.

Divs said...

Thanks SBJ and Chitra :-) Yeah...time does fly fast and our little ones grow up in the blink of an eye :-)

Divs said...

Shalu - pls drop me an email and I can mention details abt her school.

ulaar said...

Congrats, proud mommy! btw, did the kiddos have the convocation gown also? Was thinking of Mr. S. Jairam's stunt the other day..:)

Divs said...

Thanks Ulaar! And LOL - no gowns for these little ones but they did have a 'square hat' that Mr. Jairam threw away :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey Divs, I came across your blog when I was researching for preschools for my 19 month old baby. I found your blog very useful in terms of what I should look for n a preschool. Now I have gotten her admitted to Neev Koramangala but want to shift her to a normal school once she turns 3. Which school have you chosen for N? Also, did you do the same kind of research / blog while choosing her school? If yes, please send me the link to that. Thanks in advance - Usha

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Divs said...

Usha - pls let me know your email and I can drop you details abt the school we chose, etc. In the meantime, here is a link to an old post I had done about some schools in Koramangala. Since then I have found some more schools and have gotten wiser about choices etc. so this is pretty outdated but still a good guide for you. Here is the link http://indianinfant.blogspot.com/2009/08/schools-in-and-around-koramangala.html

Divs said...

Shalu - pls check your inbox, I have sent you an email.

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Divs said...

Usha - pls check ur inbox for my mail. And I have deleted your comment.

SBJ - I have deleted your comment as well since I don't like to post personal details as children's names etc. on my blog.

Lavanya said...

Hey Divs! My kid - the one I wrote about in your original pre-school post - 'graduated' from the same school same time as lil N. So wow! Thanks for setting us on the right path, Meera and Mohini made 2009 a breeze for me.

I loved the graduation caps and the song-dance routine...gosh, when she was up on stage, DH and I were almost choking up ...*eyeroll now*...

I haven't enrolled her anywhere yet - she's 3yrs n 3 mths old - Any suggestions? Will check back so if you're ok with it, will leave ID for a PM.

Thanks again!

Divs said...

Nice to hear you enrolled your kid there and liked the experience too Lavanya :-) Let me know your email id and I will send you a private message. BTW our kids may know each other quite well so we can meet up too :-)