Saturday, September 6, 2008

Back to School

Oranjeschool started again today! It's the Dutch language school for kids of parents who are Dutch, speak Dutch, speak a little Dutch, have at some point spoken Dutch and would like to speak Dutch again someday. It's on Saturday mornings out in Mercer Island.

We enrolled Joris in the playgroup last year, at the impressionable age of 5 months, knowing that it mostly was a way for Mama to hang out with some cool Dutch folks. Most of the kids were between 1.5 and 3 years old at the time, which is a big age difference when you're five months. When the other kids would do art projects, I'd play with Joris since otherwise he'd insist on sampling the crayons, glue, markers and paint. At the beginning of the year, when the other kids would have their snack, we'd sneak out to the other room to breastfeed (he was on solids fairly soon after starting school, so at that point we'd join in with some oatmeal cereal or something). Joris' teacher, classmates and their parents witnessed all his milestones that year; from being able to sit, crawl stand and walk to making his first signs.

This year, Joris no longer is the baby of the class. There are many new kids, including a boy of exactly Joris' age, two boys of just a year and a little five month old girl, as well as some familiar faces from last year.
Today, Joris participated in the coloring project and seemed excited to hear the songs we sang. He also played very nicely with a couple of the other boys. When we had first come in, he clung to my leg for a minute, then let go, crossed the room and started playing, so I think he recognized the place at some level. I think we both are excited for the new school year!

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