Part 1: Nolan’s First Week of Slovenian School
When I was in Monterey we had a WONDERFUL group of Foreign Area Officers spouses. One of the HOT TOPICS was where to send your children to school. Do you send them to QSI (International School) or do you send them to school in that country? (Full Immersion) It seemed to me like a lot of the moms in class were a little leery of sending their child to a full immersion school. I’ll admit, I was scared of the unknown as well. However when we got to Slovenia, and I realized that the international school was a tad out of our budget, since Nolan was only going to Pre-K the government won’t pay for it… So I thought I would try my luck at the Slovenian school (Which I had heard was almost impossible to get into) I literally had nothing to lose. I walked to the school all alone and actually walked in through the school’s kitchen because they don’t have a door marked enter here at all haha. The teacher found me and took me to the office, where they had to search the school for an English speaker. They found one! Turns out they had a child just leave and had an opening for Nolan (YAY) Poor Heath doesn’t get to go because there’s a long waiting list.
Nolan’s first day (Monday) was very unique, Slovenians don’t like upset children, it’s a VERY child-friendly country. EVERYONE loves children here. So they wanted to make sure that Nolan was 100% comfortable so they wanted me to stay 1 hour with him, and then leave him for an hour. The teachers told me he was GREAT!
The Second Day (Tuesday) of school with Nolan I stayed 30 mins, and then left him for 2 hours. The teacher told me that she has never seen a child adjust so well. No crying for mommy, she said he was VERY well behaved and played very well with the other children in his class.
The Third Day (Wednesday) of school I walk Nolan to his classroom, they are all hammering nails into wood (Yep welcome to Europe!) Nolan thought it was AWESOME, kissed me bye and I left him in about 2 minutes. He stayed a total of 3 hours.
The Fourth Day (Thursday) of school was a little rocky. He had to have a time out for playing too rough. (Which really isn’t out of the normal for Nolan) He ate lunch with his class and got to help everyone set up their beds for nap, I picked him up right after lunch.
The Fifth Day (Friday) of school Nolan was PERFECT! I dropped him off and the children were all singing songs in English, and then in Slovenian. Nolan was VERY EXCITED that his friends were singing songs in “his words” ha The teachers told me that he was SUPER so we celebrated with a sucker after school.
I plan on continuing to write about Nolan and his school, so that when people ask me about it I can refer them here. It’s my hope to document everything we’ve experienced while in Slovenia, so I won’t forget anything (I have a really really bad memory…ask TY) Fingers crossed I stick with the blog, and I make an effort to write every month about Nolan and school. If you have any questions please let me know 🙂