Yup, my son who is just about to turn 20 months old is now a schoolboy at the Rainbow International Tutoring Group aka Rainbow School!
Enrollment at Rainbow was last August 3 (Friday), but because of my busyness over the BT@20: Going Neh-she-nuhl production, it slipped my mind. Their schoolyear formally began on August 6 (Monday) because they follow the schedule of Western schools (this is because this toddler school was primarily put up to cater the kids of diplomats/ex-pats who work at IRRI. Thus, many of Raviv’s classmates are of different nationalities: Koreans, Italians, Indians, Americans, etc.) However, we were only able to enroll Raviv yesterday as they postponed classes beginning Tuesday last week because of the heavy downpours.
When we enrolled Raviv yesterday morning, Teacher Grace, the head teacher, suggested we let Raviv enter the toddler class so he could start to mingle and familiarize himself with the environment. I know it was the prudent thing to do, but I opposed moderately, for I knew my reason was too shallow: hindi kasi naka-outfit si Raviv at wala akong dalang camera (oo na, aminado naman akong mababaw eh). Of course, my ever practical husband just frowned at me and brought his son into the classroom. So I relented and convinced myself that I should not consider it as his official first day of school.
For about half an hour yesterday morning, we watched our son explore the classroom and interact with his future classmates (kasi nga ‘diba, hindi pa ‘yun ang official Day 1 n’ya). Then we tried to leave him alone in the unfamiliar room with people who were practically strangers…aaaand, may I just say, we were so proud of our son because he did not cry! Other students who have even attended the “summer” classes (their “summer” is June-July) cried even if their nannies are in the restroom…but not our Raviv! We were peeking and watching him from the glass outside, and we can’t help but feel proud of him…not a tear nor a worried look on his face! In fact, when I decided to pull him out of the class (para mas talagang totoo na hindi ‘yun ang official first day niya), that’s when he started complaining and squirming out of my grip!
Anyway, in the afternoon I excitedly went to the supermarket to buy his baon. I was giddy with excitement, yet also disappointed because almost all pre-packed snacks were too sweet. Thus it took me some time to decide on what will be his first ever baon.
To be continued: Raviv’s (Real) First Day at School