I am really incredibly touched by everyone's enthusiasm and emotions for Tehilla's first day of school. It truly emphasizes to me how much this blog is a family. I absolutely love it.
12:30 pm strolled around and I walked into Tehilla's gan. I came in to find Tehilla jumping on climbing toys. She didn't notice me at first. Betty started gushing over Tehilla and how she plays so nicely and really interacted with all of the kids. She was "a pure joy". The assistant teacher told me that she was really surprised by Tehilla's understanding of Hebrew. They are making sure to use gestures when talking to her in Hebrew, but she is understanding everything. At one point, Tehilla was playing outside, and one of the teachers called to her from inside, "Tehilla, come inside and sit down at the table to eat." She walked right in and sat down.
Tehilla finally noticed me talking to the teachers and this was our conversation:
Tehilla: Oh! Hi, Mama!
Me: Hi Lulu!
Tehilla: Me play school! Play toys! Lulu love play friends!
Then she turned back to keep jumping.
Me: I'm so happy that you love school so much and have so many nice friends. It's time to go home now.
Tehilla: I play friends! I stay Betty! No go home.
The other kids were going down for their naps, so I had to pick her up and take her out.
Tehilla: Mama? I sleep friends? I sleep school too!!!
She clearly had an amazing first day at school. She kept going over to each of us and telling us about school, Betty, friends and toys. It was very cute. She's adjusting remarkably well, although we'll see what happens when the novelty wears off.
Thank you for being on this journey with us and really understanding what a huge milestone this is for us!