The day finally came yesterday. Elisabeth’s first day of school. I think I have been just as exciting and waiting for it to come as much as Elisabeth. Maybe even more. You see in Denmark, kids start school a year later than in Canada. This has been a bit hard for me to wrap my head around as I read about my American and Canadian friends who have kid the same age who are already doing math and spelling and reading. At Elisabeth’s age, I was reading small chapter books, so that fact that she doesn’t read at all…. well it is a struggle for me, but 100% normal for her age group here in Denmark.
Now I know there will be some that will say, well why didn’t I teach her. Long story short: 4 kids.. and it is just not the norm here for kids that age to read. End of story, and perhaps a post for another day.
Here there is much more focus on kids should be kids. And I am okay with that.. mostly. But I am so excited for her to start learning all these things. And she is also very excited to start learning these things. I just hope she loves school as much as I did. She sure looked excited yesterday:
I don’t remember my first day of school, but I thought I could share a bit of what a first day of school looks like here in Denmark. Or at least, what it was like in our small town.
It was actually a late starting day. The school welcomed back all of its other students from summer holidays by meeting at the flagpole. Afterwards, all those who are starting in kindergarten (which is called either kindergarten class (børnehaveklasse) or 0 class) meet at the flagpole at 10.20am and are welcomed by the head of the school and introduced to the main adults (teachers and assisting staff) who will be with our kids. Afterwards we all headed into the classroom where our kids found their desk. The teacher welcomed us, gave us some details about day to day, and how the next couple of weeks will look like. All the parents were then asked to leave the classroom so that the teacher could get to spend some time the kids.
All the parents then are invited to stay, sit and have coffee and get to know each other. Being a small town, most of us know each other, or at the very least have seen each other. Our group also took this time to cover some items and agree on some stuff.
You see in Denmark, parents are very much involved with school, and well everything. So at this time we decided as a group on how birthdays could work (this needs a whole blog post…), who will look after the class money account which is used for purchasing new toys for the kids, or for arrangements. And the big one.. who is going to sit on the parent group. Each class has a parents group responsible for arranging class outings, get togethers and working to promote somewhat of a community between parents. The idea is that the better all the parents get to know each other, then the better our kids will have better relationships in class. It was decided that everyone should have a chance to be on the board, and since each time it runs for one year, and our kids will be together in the same class for the next 6 years, that we would just go down the class list. This means that I get to be on the parent board for the first year. I was considering volunteering, so this is fine with me.
Once after all that stuff was decided, there as more coffee and chatting. Then about an hour later, the school bell rang and the school day was over. The first day last a little of an hour, and we were able to take our kids home.
We took Elisabeth home, celebrated with a bit of cake, then took her to the rainforest in Randers for a fun afternoon. Which I think she loved as it is not often she gets both me and Sean completely alone. Overall it was a great day. Today she has a real full day of school and I am excited to see what she thinks.