When we thought about the move here to Singapore and how it would effect our family we never thought it would be Sadie that would have the hardest time settling into life here. After all, she is our easy going, laid back, roll with it child. We never thought that she would miss having a yard and swings and grass and even the stairs to the second floor in “our yellow house”.
She has been sad and I think part of that is because she didn’t have her own “place”. Ken had work, Ellie stared school a week and a half after we got here so she has school friends and everything that goes into school. Me? I’ve got getting everyone settled and setting up house. Poor Sadie was just dragged along for the ride.
The original plan was to wait until January to put her in school. We still haven’t sold our house in the States and Sadie can’t officially start Kindergarten I until January anyway. It seemed like an excellent plan. She would stay home and have adventures with Mommy.
It didn’t take us long to realize this might not be the best plan. Sadie missed school and friends. She was constantly talking about her old school and her old friends and her yellow house. We knew we had to start building a life for her here as well and figured we would make it work. So off I went on the hunt for a school.
We were looking for a school that was warm and caring but also where she could learn. It’s hard here in Singapore to find the right mix. There are many schools that are learning focused almost to the point of the children not having fun or being kids. There are also “western ” schools that are all about the play and the children don’t really learn anything.
After two weeks of on line searching, reading reviews, talking to people and looking at centers I think we have found the right place for our Sadie. It is actually right beside Ellie’s school and I have figured out the buses so I take two buses (about 30 min on a good day) to take them and walk home (it’s about 3.6km or 2.3miles) on days when it isn’t raining. Then bus back to get them and home again. Not too bad.
The school we decided on sending her to is actually a National Chain school called Kinderland. They have there own learning curriculum that includes Chinese everyday, music and computer lessons every week and in January, when she starts Kindergarten I, she will be learning to read and studying phonics. The school is actually open 7am-7pm but we take her for 8:30 and get her at 4:30. They serve the kids breakfast lunch and afternoon tea. So Sadie is tasting the local fare everyday.
I liked the school for the mix of learning and fun and the fact that there was a good mix of kids. After a week she seems to really enjoy it. All the kids are welcoming and friendly yelling her name when she gets there and waving good bye when she leaves. Sadie even has a P.E. uniform and a regular uniform just like Ellie.
P.E. uniform and her sparkling new green backpack
All in all Sadie seems so much happier to have her own place.
We are still working on finding places with grass for her…
Cloud watching on the grassy green at NUS Utown green
…and I’m trying to figure out what to do with all my “free” time.
One of the two pools in our complex. Please pass the bon bons and frosty drink