Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mayzie's First Day At Kindergarten

So today was the day. First day of school in a foreign land. It went well! Jenna rode her over there at 9am and we both went and collected her at 11:30am as planned. When we got there, she was sitting at the lunch table, eating with all the other kids, perfectly content. Was very cute and we were happy that the teacher said she did great. She showed us the games they played--some very cool German games (kinda like memory and matching games) that we had never seen before. Tomorrow she will stay until noon and then a full day(until 1:30pm) on friday, if all goes well. Was great having some quiet and relaxing time around the house while she was at school. This will be good for all of us.

1 comment:

Liz's World said...

This is the unedited version of an article in accents magazine. You can down load the one that was printed at: http://www.accentsonline.de/about

My first child Alexander was my guinea pig for the do‘s and don‘ts of German kindergarten customs. His Sponge Bob glow-in-the-dark slippers made quite an impression on the German kindergarten children. It caused a rebellion against wearing itchy wool slippers made from free-range sheep. Popularity points for the American mother went down a few that day. And then there’s the whole snack thing. In American pre-schools you pack your kid a few graham crackers and voilá! Snack. I thought I was upping the nutritional value from graham crackers by packing one of those “Milchschnitte”. Heads up on that one. No matter what the commercial says about a Milchschnitte containing a full portion of milk for your child, it’s still frowned upon as a snack. The teacher said a sandwich is a good choice. So I’m thinking - Pastrami on Rye with a nice Kosher dill on the side at 9:30 in the morning? But I was eager to fit in. Especially after the slipper rebellion. I packed my son a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Once again, the “Amis” were the talk of kindergarten. They have heard of the “peanut cream” as they call it, but to put it together with jelly actually disgusted them. So the next day I made my son a bologna sandwich. Heavy sigh - Yes, there was mayo and mustard on the bread. Apparently butter is the German choice of spreads no matter what kind of meat. I had a look at the other children’s snacks. The first thing I noticed was the whole grain bread. I had been using white “toast bread”. It has as much nutritional value as the plastic his slippers were made of. But it gets worse. Not only was I NOT putting my child’s snack in a Tupperware container, I was (and I am ashamed to even write this now,) wrapping his sandwiches in plastic wrap or tin-foil and putting it in a paper bag. In a country with four different colored trash cans, this was a big mistake. (and yes, I was throwing it all away in the black garbage can…)
I’ve started a savings account for my poor son Alexander. I figure he can use the money for the therapy he’ll need for being “the kid with the weird food ”. It‘s always the mothers fault! - But hey, his slippers were cool!
My second child started his first day of kindergarten with Giesswein slippers. And he had two Tupperware containers for a snack. One with organic apple wedges, and one with whole grain bread and butter. Most of which ended up in the brown trash can after kindergarten. Then he would ask for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.