Ayaw ko na mag-school…
I heard Gwen said this on her 3rd week of going to a toddler class. At first, I dismissed it as one of her tantrums because hey, she loves school. She enjoyed her summer class for 4 weeks last April. She didn’t cry every time we left her at the class. She was always proud to show her stars to us at home, she’s happy at school.
Come June, I didn’t have hesitations to enroll her in a toddler class, I even tried to persuade the teachers to accept her in Nursery already because from their assessment, she knows more than her age (sorry, stage mom lang :). Things were smooth sailing until her 3rd week.
Last week, after yaya Rose left Gwen at school, the teacher aid said she was crying non-stop, she doesn’t want to draw, color, nor play with her classmates. Gwen cried until dismissal. The next days were a series of utuan and pilitan to convince her to go to school.
We’re confused on what happened at school that triggered Gwen to refuse going to school. Here are some of our speculations:
- During their PE day, the school merged the toddler, nursery and kindergarten classes. An older boy bumped Gwen causing her to lose balance. I dunno how she fell but it left a bruise on her chin. She cried but stopped after the teacher aid gave her jelly ace. 🙂
- They have one activity at school that requires turning off one of the lights. But the aid accidentally switched off the lights at the classroom, the room has covered windows so when lights are turned off, it’s pitch black. Gwen is afraid of unlit room, we sleep with a dim light on. I don’t know if she cried then but I’m sure she got afraid.
- Whenever I call her from the office asking what she did in school, she will always say “nag-color, pa-ulit-ulit…”. She got bored, maybe?
- Gwen loves singing and dancing. Sabi nga namin, dapat sa dance workshop na lang namin sya pinasok. So maybe she doesn’t want to draw and write, sumayaw at kumanta lang ang gusto.
Her teacher advised us not to force her to go to school tomorrow and on the next coming days. I hope she just needs time. I plan to take her to school one of these days too, instead of the yaya. I bought her new things, a new raincoat, favorite snacks just to entice her to go to school too, hindi effective!
What to do? May drop-out na agad ako? :p