First day of ‘school’

I guess it really is day care but we tell the girls that it is school.

After about 6 weeks of asking, researching and looking we have finally found a place that I trust to take my kids for a few half days a week. It still isn’t ideal as I feel that Ariya is to old given the current crop of attendees but we will trial it for a month and see what happens.

I have no intention of sending my kids to a Thai school if serious learning if what I am after. This is due to various reasons but I guess it all comes down to the fact that i believe that the Thai educational system is appalling and like many things in this country is only there to look good and to gain face.

I have started a very small amount of home schooling for my eldest child recently and that is going well but I felt that 3 x 1/2 days a week with other kids would be good for them. Back ‘home’ I have many friends and family who home school and therefore have a great network of social outlets for their kids with other home school kids but alas this isn’t the case here. Many Thai kids are sent of to school at such a young age which really saddens me. Almost every time i am out with my two and a half year old i will be asked which school she is attending.

The one downside of mixing with other kids however is the inevitable sickness that occurs and it only took my girls two visits before they both have been struck down with high temps and a very chesty cough.

On the first morning that they went to school there were very excited but i think that was mainly due to the fact that they both received new school bags that morning when they woke up!

Here they are showing them off.

Marisah had to be dragged from her bed fast asleep as she wasn’t used to such an early morning wake up call (7.30am) and was a little sleepy which concerned her big sister a little. A comforting cuddle and a quick ‘chin up ole girl’ and she was fine in no time.

4 responses to “First day of ‘school’

  1. Does Ubon have have any international schools? I wouldn’t send my kids to a government school either.

    • I know that a few Ubon English teachers read this blog and they I am sure can provide more information but as far as I know there isn’t any international schools. There are some private ones which I feel are a lot better then the government ones but the sheer immense amount of time that is lost at these places due to pomp and ceremony is mind blowing.

  2. It is a difficult decision for parents to make. I went through this soul-searching 15 years ago after we moved from New Zealand to Ubon. Fortunately we made the right decision. We sent our 8 year son, Teeragit, to the government primary school in the city, Unubaan Ubon. There he couldn’t speak thai and came last in his class of 33 in his first exams 3 months later. When he finished primary school 6 years later he was first in his whole grade Bor 6. From there he went to Benjama for high school. He loved it there. He got involved in extra actitives, did scouting and army cadets. One thing he hated and never attented was the morning school assembly. A lot of right wing bullshit he said. He had a technique of going to school and into the newspaper room where he was Editor. the school didn’t seem to mind as he bought a lot of prizes into the school.

    All I can say is be positive and most schools will work out okay. Of course you have to do a lot of education at home like having a good library of english books to read, geography lessons etc.

  3. Did you take those pics on your real camera or the phone?

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