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Our Baby Started School

September 23, 2010

barrettes: Gymboree

shirt: old navy skirt: old navy

I enrolled our two-year-old at a little kids’ school this past week. It’s only twice a week. Why? She is at the age now where she wants and needs to be with other kids of her age. She’s gotten quite social in the past half year and gets very excited to play with kids.

She became attached to my hip especially since we moved to Jakarta. It’s normal because she’s in a new environment and have spent a lot of time with me alone as I don’t know many people who have kids of her age. I drag her everywhere when I have errands. Now I have two days with 4 hours in the morning when she’s going to be in school and it makes me feel better to do stuff that doesn’t cater to her needs and I can do that without feeling guilty.

So what school, right? Well, this may surprise you. It’s a French school. I didn’t plan it originally. I wanted her to go to a Japanese school for her to learn Japanese, so I actually looked at one Japanese school as well as a local English-speaking school run by Indonesian. I liked the Japanese preschool, but in the end, I settled with the French school for various reasons.

Moms factor in many elements on decision-making for their kids’ school; locations, tuition, teachers, environment, quality of education, etc. In our case, it was a bit complicated. I won’t bore you with details. To make a long story short, the main reasons for me to put my second child in a French school is that 1. her best friend here who is also our neighbor and whose mom, a Senegalese, is my really good friend, goes to this school, 2. it seems like a fun place for my girl to be and she liked it and 3. the teacher/founder of the school is wonderful and cares children with love. There are a ton of toys and as soon as she walked in, she went straight to a room with a kitchen and started playing with her friend. What else do I need to see?

My main goal of sending my second daughter to a French school is not to teach her French. My goal is to let her brain get stimulated by being in a little more structured environment than being with me and by interacting with other kids. This place is for small kids to play and that’s great. My daughter wants it. My friend’s daughter and mine are the oldest there, but I don’t need to put my 2-year-old in an educational environment yet.

By the way, I speak French because I went to a language school to learn French for 6 months in Washington, D.C. with my husband before we went to Senegal for his job assignment. I felt comfortable sending my daughter there for this reason. It’s been 5 years since I had spoken French, so my French has gotten really rusty, but speaking with my friend, Anne-Marie, here helped me revive my French. I love it.

This is my big news for this week. I hope you have a great weekend!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2010 9:52 pm

    Thank you for all of your comments on my blog today! :) It makes me so happy when you say that you have trouble getting out of the blog..haha
    You are the sweetest, and I’m so lucky to have you as a follower.

    Wish you a great weekend!

  2. September 24, 2010 6:50 pm

    Your little girl looks so grown up!! Seeing her happy playing with her friend and knowing that the staff their truly love being with children is all you can wish for. I’m sure she will gain lots out of this experience and the interactions she can have with the other children. And I know what you mean about being able to do ‘non child things’ without feeling guilty :)

  3. Kyoko permalink
    September 27, 2010 11:42 am

    I remember she was just a little baby when I saw you and your girls, and now she is all grown up!! Amazing!
    I loved your thoughtful reasons why you send her to the French school.
    She sure will have fun as much as you have fun speaking French again!

    • September 27, 2010 6:00 pm

      Kyoko san, thanks for visiting. It’s been a while you saw them last. She is no longer a little baby and sometimes I even can’t believe how much she’s grown. I enjoy speaking French again.

  4. Alfie permalink
    January 22, 2011 11:06 am

    Hi Kaho-san, just wondering how did you find the school now?
    (assumed they have been there for at least couple of months now?)
    We’re moving to Jakarta for a year next month from Melbourne, and this school seems quite good for our 2yo. Do you mind to share the name of the school?
    Thanks in advance :)

    • January 22, 2011 11:25 am

      Hi, Alfie!! Thanks for leaving me a message!! I found the school through my neighbor. It’s basically a word of mouth. I’m excited for you that you’re moving to Jakarta. Please feel free to ask me about life here! I will write you a personal message about the school. Please let me know if you don’t receive it by tomorrow.


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