We were late, reached school at 725am. I think he was the 2nd last pupil to go in. There wasn't much time to give him any instructions so I just dropped him off at his class and waited outside. As the school was still undergoing some renovations, the P1 students were moved to a separate area of the school premise. This made the place very exclusive and hence, not as chaotic and noisy as I was expecting. Even the parents were calm and followed instructions well.
After singing the national anthem & saying our pledge, we went up for a parent's talk arranged for us to keep us occupied before recess time.
At recess, it was noisy (as to be expected) and I had trouble finding him in the sea of children. Daddy was much smarter and looked for his teacher instead and had no problem spotting him at the table. The first thing I noticed was, he ordered the same food as he did during orientation time and I also detected a new food item, nugget. First thought that struck my mind was "gosh, not enough money". The last time, he ordered fried rice with slices of chicken, it cost him $1.50, with the additional nugget, sure to hit his budget and no money leftover. Hahaha...
Then he and his buddy went off to buy a cup of milo.... I was getting a little worried cause he only had $2.50 in his wallet. I was sure it would be over-budget. Luckily, he had some additional coins that his shu-shu gave him so he got his milo. Will need to have a talk to him about drinking his own water rather than buying additional drinks... else at this rate, the recommended $2 is not going to be enough for him.
We also noticed another thing.... he was the last person to finish up his food. The rest had already returned the plates and waiting for further instructions from the teachers. You can tell that his buddy got really bored waiting for him. I can sympathise with his buddy. Hahaha...
After recess, the parents were told to come back to school again during dismissal time. We went off for our late breakfast and took a short rest at home before returning.
We came back just in time to spot him queuing up to walk to the waiting area for the bus.
Throughout the entire time, we kept our distance from him and he seemed quite comfortable with it. He didn't rush up to us when he saw us at various points of the day. We tried to communicate with a little hand signals and a little lip reading as I mouth the words to him and he mouthed back to me.
We decided to follow behind his school bus to know which route it would be taking. Also, had a chance to say "Follow that bus".... hahaha...
And a sense of relief that he is back at his after school care.
A day of many new things for Baby G, lots to take in and learn. He has grown up and crossed another milestone in his journey through life. Mummy & Daddy are proud of you.