This in kind of a long story, but I will try to keep it short:
We moved from the US to Uganda 2 1/2 months ago. Found a great international preschool for my almost 4 year old to attend, her first time in school. She is very attached to DH and I and hasn't been excited about the idea of school. She is slow to warm up to new people/places but does fine once comfortable.
We were able to ease her into it slowly - they had some "summer camp" days where they just did fun activities, so we went for about 6 mornings and I was able to stay with her the whole time. One of those days she even stayed by herself.
The first day of school she did great, no tears and had a great time. Went three days the first week and was fine.
Monday of 2nd week she was crying on and off all morning. That day, there was a tragedy at teh school and a little girl drowned in the school pool. It was a horrible, horrible situation. I don't think DD knows what happened. I've asked some vague questions and she doesn't seem to know. We were careful not to talk about it in front of her.
School was closed for a week and there were 2 parents meetings and we decided to send her back.
Today was her first day back after 9 days off. She was completely hysterical and inconsolable when it was time for me to leave. I ended up staying with her the whole morning. Even after she knew I was staying, she still continued to cry on and off for almost an hour. She completely freaked out when I had to go get something from the car and I assured her I would be right back.
The administration was fine with me staying with her, and she is saying she doesn't want to stay at preschool by herself. My tentative plan is to stay with her for part of the morning until she feels comfortable again, but I would love some other suggestions.
I have considered homeschooling, but don't think it's a good option right now because:
- I work part time and have a 7 month old as well
- there are not many homeschooling families in Uganda so she would have very little interaction with other kids
- DH is from a culture where school is very important and he is not on board with homeschooling