School has officially started in Denmark.
We were sssssoooooo ready for school to start in our household. The night before the first day of school, Claire could hardly sleep because she was excited and scared. I just laid down beside her and explained that mommy was a bit scared too. I would be meeting new parents and I absolutely did not want to make a fool of myself. We both said we would be brave.
Avery said she was scared but luckily for her, parents are allowed to be at school the first day for as long as they want. It is seen as a way to ease kindergartners into the school schedule.
We arrived right on time and Claire was just jumping up and down. This girl loves school! She gave me a hug and went on her way to her classroom.
Avery was a little different. She gets to spend the first 30-45 minutes outside in the playground. The playground consists of sand toys, tire swings, jungle gym and even a little road for tricycles/bikes. I had to figure out the morning routine of checking in and learning the rules of the school. We said hi to many teachers who informed me of the typical school day, after school care and the flexibility of it all. For example, you do not have to pick up your child at a set time every day. I was told to feel free to just pick them up when I’m able to as long as it’s before 5 PM.
All the parents were friendly. We were all in the same boat together. The boat of easing our children into school and then slowly backing out the door.
After playground time, we took off her rain gear (raining again) and changed in to her indoor shoes. No dirt in these classrooms!
First was circle time with the book “Knuffle Bunny” by one of our favorites authors, Mo Willems.
Then it was SNACK TIME! We sat down to eat and Avery turned to me and said “Mom, leave.”
Welp. I guess this wasn’t so hard. I asked her again if she was sure she wanted me to leave and again she told me to go. So off I went to explore the town. Avery had an early out for the first day so I didn’t want to drive all the way home for just a couple hours.
The rain had ended and I found a coffee shop and the thrift shops. I’m on the hunt for a mixer as we don’t want to buy new appliances since our stay here is for a limited time.
At noon, I went and picked Avery up and she greeted me with a smile. We actually swung at the playground for another 30 minutes or so. We then found a little indoor play area with (of course) Legos.
Claire was let out at 2 PM. She talked all afternoon about the friends she made, the Danish she learned, her teachers and all the neat activities.
Needless to say, the first day was a success.
The rest of the week has been great too. I’ve learned the Danish school system is very laid back. Less on tests, more on a child’s happiness. Learning through playing. Parents don’t have to have a set schedule for drop off and pick up. The official school day runs from 8 AM to 2 PM. The rest of the time, a child can be picked up or stay for some additional activities throughout the afternoon. Claire has begged me for her to stay longer so they will likely be staying later once or twice a week.
Avery has also been doing better each day. Drop off is still tough. She wants mommy to stay with her until they go into the classroom. And let’s be honest, I don’t mind the additional love either. By pick up, she doesn’t want to leave and is fighting me out the door to stay. Toddlers <eyeroll>…
What have I been doing?
Our sea shipment arrived from the states and I’ve realized we brought too much stuff. I’m trying to find places to put everything and the endless amount of toys. A literal box mountain is in our house now.
I’ve also started learning Danish. It is considered to be one of the hardest languages to learn. I find the grammar ok but the dialect and vowels are going to trip me up. It will definitely be a challenge.
Below is a little sketch done by some Norwegian comedians about the Danish language and it’s dialect. (It’s in English and does contain some language)
Hav en goddag! (I think that’s right…)