We loved the Garden House, Isaac’s previous school very very much. It had plenty of outdoor spaces, provided bilingual immersion and play-based learning, served tasty, freshly cooked organic food and most of all, had wonderful teachers.
After Isaac’s last day, we continued to have email exchanges with his previous teachers and one particular email moved me to tears. I was thanking his teachers for the lovely notes they wrote to him in his card, and she replied “We love Isaac a lot and will always love him. We hope he settles in nicely at his new school.”
I was very very touched because Isaac is such a sensitive child and he took so long to settle in. Even after the initial settling in, he would regress every so often into tears — after vacations or long weekends or other significant events. I had thought that his teachers must have found him somewhat troublesome, but instead, they cared very much for him instead.
Now and then, I am envious when I see other children his age starting school without tears, or changing schools easily. Part of me wish we can all have an easier time with the transitions, but mostly it’s because I feel awful when Isaac has such difficulty with every change. But I came to realise that the same sensitive side of Isaac also makes him such a sweet and affectionate child.
And I am glad that in his one and a half year at the Garden House, the teachers he spent his mornings with saw, and loved him too. We would have loved for him to continue there for another year or so, if not for the fact that we need full day care for Isaac once I start work so my helper can manage with Isabel at home, and the Garden House did not offer that when we made the switch.
We will all miss the school very much!