grown up | jiaxing photographer

somewhere along the way, in between moving around and having a second baby, my first baby seems to have transformed into a grown up little girl without warning me.  we were on our way out the door one day and i glanced at her and thought she looked so grown up and wondered when did this happen? (I subsequently snapped some pictures before she suddenly turned into a teenager)  i hope kaylah is more considerate in giving me some forewarning… though unlikely

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so yesterday was a big milestone in this grown-up girl’s life as she started her first day of school!  she was so excited and did wonderfully.
it’s also a big step for us as we start to enter the world of formal schooling.  and trying to better understand the school system here – which is different in a lot of ways compared to the US.  In general, everyone seems to say there is “great pressure” here when it comes to schooling.  It is making me think hard about what is better or worse versus just different, and what are our primary goals and purposes in sending our kids to school, what do we hope they get out of it, etc…  Perhaps you may think i am over thinking things when my kid is just starting preschool.  But these are things you consider when you’re warned that your kid may fall behind and be unprepared for elementary school if you choose to only send her to preschool part time.

Any thoughts as to what is important to gain from school at different ages?  And what is important to gain outside of school or at home?

Cornelia Tsang - hi hannah! wow you are all grown up! 😉 i still remember meeting you for the first time when you were only 4-5mths old. glad to hear that your first day at school was good.

hehee – anita hmm … schooling. i guess for me it’s about developing a love for learning when kids are young so that when they get older they have a drive to learn and solve problems on their own. i’m sure that doesn’t help much in your own decisions. with all the testing that goes on these days, i wonder if i would do as well today as i did back in the day. certainly my early years in school, i didn’t measure up to standards in english/reading/vocab, but by not sending me to ESL or special pull-out classes, i was able to learn through immersion and i think for me that helped much better.

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