It’s the 1st Monday of the Sept school holidays so I didn’t have to take leave to accompany Jocelle on her first day at the ccc..
The kids woke up at about 8am.. After the morning routine, we had to give Jovan his medicine as well as to nebulise him for about 10min.. So by the time we were ready to go, it was about 10 plus.. We reached the centre at about 10.40am..
Of course we had to take some photos to mark the special day! But look at how my girl is standing? Haha..
Jocelle seemed to be looking forward to joining her brother.. She didn’t even turn back to see if her brother or mummy was behind her when she entered the centre.. She went round exploring the place while I followed behind her.. We were led to her classroom which was empty as the other kids were at the outdoor play area.. I brought her to join her classmates.. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, maybe about 5min, as the kids had probably spent some time there already..
The kids were guided to hold the railings as they moved up and down the stairs.. Then they went to wash their hands before they had lunch.. Jocelle was not very cooperative.. She didn’t want to sit with the rest while they waited for their turn to wash their hands.. Guess it’s her 1st day so she’s not used to following instructions.. Haha.. I carried her and brought her to wash her hands.. That was when I saw Jovan crying..
He was sitting beside his friends as they got ready to shower after their water play.. We didn’t want him to go for water play as he’s still coughing.. I saw him sobbing so I went forward to comfort him a little.. Maybe he was jealous that my attention was on Jocelle instead of him? Poor boy..
After I washed Jocelle’s hands, I saw Jovan removing his top himself and putting it into a bag.. I realized that my boy has become more independent.. I’m so proud of him!!
I accompanied Jocelle to her classroom where they were served their lunch – chicken porridge.. The kids were all feeding themselves.. Jocelle was making herself comfortable.. She started feeding herself once the bowl was placed in front of her.. (I remember Jovan was still unable to feed himself when he first joined the centre at 19 months..)
Jocelle didn’t finish her porridge as she just had milk an hour ago.. However, she gladly took the banana given to her and finished it quickly..
When most of the kids had emptied their bowls, Teacher Eunice started telling the kids stories and getting them to sing songs.. She also got the kids to play some matching games.. Guess these were some filler activities to entertain the kids before their shower as the PN2 kids were using the bathroom..
Jocelle was busy exploring the room while Teacher Eunice was trying to engage the kids.. One boy was able to identify many words and animals that were flashed on the cards that Teacher Eunice used.. (I am very impressed as I don’t think Jovan can do as well as him.. Haha..)
When the bathroom was finally cleared for the PN1s to take their shower, I decided to take the opportunity to leave.. On the way to the bathroom, I saw Jovan sobbing again.. Hmm.. This time, I hugged him and comforted him.. Then I assured him that I’ll be back very soon to pick them up.. Those who are not aware may be thinking that it’s Jovan’s 1st day at the centre, not Jocelle’s.. Haha..
Before I left, I went to the bathroom to notify Teacher Eunice as well as my darling daughter.. She didn’t want me to go initially and kept replying, ‘No!’ when I told her I’m leaving.. I hugged her and told her she’d have many friends to play with her.. Guess she was convinced as she didn’t cry nor protest when Teacher Eunice led her to the shower area..
We then went to SGH as hubby had an appointment to check the recovery of his fractured metatarsal.. His hospitalisation leave was extended for one more month! Sigh..
By the time we were done, it was about 3 plus.. We didn’t get any calls from the centre so I guess she’s doing fine.. Hee.. We went to get some groceries before picking the kids up.. Thought we shouldn’t leave them there for too long since it was Jocelle’s 1st day..
When we reached the centre, they just had their afternoon tea break.. Jocelle was happy to see me and of course the feeling is mutual..
Teacher Eunice said Jocelle was good.. She only cried a little before nap time as she didn’t want to sleep.. Apparently Jocelle and another new boy, Kyler were crying loudly during nap time while the others were asleep.. They actually used the adverb ‘loudly’! Haha.. I know my girl is loud.. Actually both my kids are loud! I joked that it could be an occupational hazard as I was probably screaming at kids during my pregnancy so my ‘loudness’ could have passed on to them.. Haha..
Anyway, Teacher Eunice told me Jocelle fell asleep after she rocked her for a while.. She was also smiling after her nap and the principal, Ms Esther, brought her to see Jovan.. Guess they wanted her to see someone familiar so she wouldn’t cry.. Hee..
Overall, I think Jocelle has done very well.. Other than being able to drag her own Minnie Mouse bag herself, she could also locate her shoes on the shoe rack.. She even tried to remove her shoes herself when we reached home! I’m sure she’ll get used to going to the centre in no time!! 🙂