First day at school!
Well that's already more than 2,5 years ago. Today Renée and Stef went for the first time to school! Yes to school.
A special moment for the kids and for the parents (and the auntie as well!). They will go for the coming weeks part-time to school and part-time to their familiar daycare. Also for Luisa there was a change: she already goes to school since November but has now started to go full-time!
Hurray for Renée, Stef and Luisa!
Stef first a bit quiet and anxious while waiting at the schoolgate but quickly playing enthousiastically
In Belgium most children start school between 2,5 and 3 years. It's not mandatory to go to school yet. Since stay-at-home moms are rare here and childcare is no longertax-deductable anymore after the age of 3, most people send their little ones to school at that age. And the daycare centers only take children until 2,5 - 3 years anyway, so the children start feeling that they are the oldest, that their friends leave for school and that only new babies arrive. So usually they are ready for it. They must be pottytrained though.
Af far as I've heard 2,5 is one of the youngest ages in our neighbouring countries to start school. Obviously the kids don't go to a school yet where they have to sit on benches and study. There's 3 - 3,5 years of kindergarden before they go to elementary school. The kindergarden teachers are fully trained pedagogues who focus in teaching the children language and motoric and social skills in a very playfull way.
Luisa's speech has really evolved to longer, fuller and correcter sentences over the last months. I am curious to see Renée and Stef change in the coming weeks. Haha, I wonder how long it'll take before they come home with some curses that they've picked up at the playground. :p