Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Nervous

It's my oldest who is starting this international school, not me, yet I can't sleep and feel so nervous. To make the right decisions, the best for him always  - and thereafter find ways to solve the logistic working for our lifestyle. Not easy when my man is gone every second week and I'm working partly and need to leave and fetch both children at different places. I'm slightly stressed before we have found a working solution let me tell you, to say the least ...

Today the school hosted a wonderful "meet the new parents" at Villa Pauli and a lot of my anxiety went away. My man is not worried at all and went to the same school when he was younger, but for me, starting real school at four years old is new.

And what an great school this seems to be and amazing to be around these great parents and extremely international surrounding. I hope they will keep living up to my expectations.
They offered typical English tea and scones and we had the opportunity to meet everyone new for the year. Parents with older children already attending the school gave it tons of compliments - it's clearly stricter, more personal offered, earlier eductation, more discipline with a clear respect to the teachers, more education but also a lot of fun, playing, things happening throughout the school and a school-togetherness.

I left the place feeling so thankful that Alexis will go there and Leon hopefully next year.

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  1. Good luck to little Alexis in his new school! I believe international schools are best, children grow academically and as individuals with the multitude of opportunities and experiences provided. What languages will they be focusing on in this school? My cousin went to an international school and is fluent in French and Spanish (we are from an English speaking country) and has an excellent grasp of Latin.

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful school and community of parents. I bet Alexis will excel there :-)

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  3. Får man fråga varför ni väljer att Alexis ska börja skolan redan när han är 4 år? Menar absolut inte att kritisera ert beslut för jag är övertygad om att ni väljer det bästa för ert barn. Jag har inte heller några barn själv så jag ska inte dra någon utläggning kring det heller. Men själv tänker jag att det är så mycket hets i vårt samhälle över att man måste vara så duktig och allt handlar om prestationer. Så personligen känner jag att jag nog inte skulle vilja att mitt barn skulle börja skolan så tidigt utan få njuta av att vara liten så länge det går utan att bli bedömd. Hur tänker du kring det? /Matilda

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    1. Stina can of course answer for herself but I do think there are a few misunderstandings here. This is an international school and the first few years resembles Swedish pre-school and later "förskoleklass", it is not regular school but a slightly different approach than the Swedish system. I started primary school at 5 (before that, such in this case it's called "early years foundation stage" which you can start at 3 years old) which is customary in the UK where I grew up and I would personally never want to have changed that for a Swedish education. "Hets" is not a word I would use here at all, the aim isn't to pressure kids or grade them at 4 years old, but to ease them into learning by play which is what they would do in "förskola" also, but in a slightly less structured way. And for Stina: Welcome to the neighbourhood, I am sure that Alexis will love it :-) Kind regards, Celia

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    2. Hey hey! I agree with Celia. Personally I grew up abroad (I'm Swedish), and started school in Washington DC at a Montessori school at 4 years. Of course it differs from school to school but generally I think when you are so young there is not a high academic focus but more of a focus on helping you develop creatively and encouraging you to use tools at hand to explore and explore and explore. As it is subjective I dont know what going to school at such an early age has affected me in later years but it did get me out there to socialize with kids my age, in the same situation, with similar backgrounds and opened my eyes to a new culture. Since then I've gone to international schools with an American curriculum in Pretoria, Bangkok and Riyadh. The academics at these school are rigorous and really take you seriously (with many happy times and experiences of course), so anyone with the means to give their children this I think it's fantastic!! But I'm partial ;)

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    3. Hi,

      Because Alexis is ready for the stimulation and I believe kindergarden do not provide for all the things he wants even though Leon still goes to kindergarden and it's a great one with lovely staff.

      When we will move abroad one day, he will be a year or two after the other children in his age so that would be devastating for him. This school is really good and wherever you move in the world, this school exist all over and you can easily just jump into the system.

      These private schools also have more resources which is a blessing and very good for the children, plus he needs to know English perfectly since it's our family language.
      It's also very empowering for him to be around other international children with the same background as home, lived in other countries, parents from different countries, many different languages etc etc

      They also have more discipline, structure and things that we believe is important for children (that's how my teacher and school was back in the days). The respect their teachers and it's a great community it seems.

      That's more or less why.

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  4. Good luck to the whole family! I do admire the love you seem to have in your family! Lovely pictures as alwyas! I bet alexis will have a spendid time and i do belive children benefit from learning ealy and have a sticter way in school then we have in the swedish system. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much! We fight and nag like all families, but try to make the best of what life offers, both good and bad!

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  5. International school good for his future, as you are travelling everywhere.

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  6. And very expensive I bet!

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  7. I am sure that it is going to be a great solution! Good luck to you all! Would have considered that kind of school if there had been one really close (walking distance) from where we live - I am really into easy logistics in life, but I am apparently much lazier than you!

    MK

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    1. I wish it was walking distance, I have to drop Leon at one place and Alexis at another. Quite some logistic but it works!

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  8. sounds really exciting :) a great opportunity for alexis!
    is the school in sweden?

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  9. The school will not cause any harm but you can't know if it's a benefit. The "school" in Southern Europe is not really school until at age 6. It is kindergarden and only half day. Mothers or grandmothers are at home and prepare meals and love children.

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    1. Well this school is not the way you explain it, but maybe it is like that in southern parts of Europe.

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  10. I'm Swedish and have for the past six years been working as a teacher for EC 3-4 in different international schools (I live abroad) and I can really promise you Stina that the programme is amazing. If I keep living abroad and if I have children there's is no doubt in my mind I'll choose one of the international schools for my own kids, if I can afford it that is 😉. Great choice.

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    1. Ohh you make me so happy by saying so! I truly believe its true!

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  11. My best wishes for you all in this exciting start of a wonderful first year at the International school :)

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  12. Good luck for your family.Stina can you write again the labels of your outfits,I like this dress and shoes,It is nice to know without question which brand is this dress. You are in good body shape, better than a few years ago,which I saw on the past post.Probably you have good time, you are satisfacted with your life and family so you are shining.

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    1. Thank you, the shoes are Filippa K and the dress I don't remember, bought it in a Pret a Porter boutique in South of france but it's sold at Net-a-porter! Bag is Dolce & Gabbana!

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  13. So fantastic for Alexis to start at an international school! I'm sure he will love it.

    Both my sisters attended an international school from 7th grade (that's when they start their high school as opposed to 8th grade here in Norway) and they loved it! My youngest sister went on trip to England with their class (which you would never do at a regular school) and the other one was somewhere else which I can't remember! They loved it so much, but as previously mentioned it's a different approach to school. They wore uniforms that consisted of a shirt or sweater, but regular jeans or skirt which made everyone look sort of the same. They had a wonderful school play every year in high school and such wonderful international teachers!

    One of them attended three years of IB (International Baccalaureate) with one year pre IB and two years of regular IB and she loved it as well. She continued studying abroad when she got a scholarship to a school in America by Rotary which sponsored a year for her and she then did two more years of college. She is now in Paraguay with her boyfriend who was born there, so she is quite international! When she was in high school they did trips to rual countries where they built houses and disturbed tooth paste to those who don't have anything. They had one trip to India and also another country which I don't remember.

    My youngest sister did one year of pre-IB before she decided to start regular high school because she did not want to study outside of Norway afterwards. She loved it as well.

    I don't think any of them would have wanted to attend different schools, if anything I think they wished the had started at an international school earlier! They had Spanish as a mandatory language, in addition they could choose to learn either French, German or more Spanish I believe. I hope this could offer some insight to those who are not familiar with the international school system. I hope Alexis enjoys going to the "school"!

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    1. What a lovely story and yes, we have the privilage to do so and I think it will be amazing for their future. This school also have so many activities, school plays, a lot for the parents and change of students if one prefer to other countries when they are older.

      Thank you for sharing this inspirational story!

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