Iris attends a local Russian preschool. There are 8 international students and the rest (about 16 - to 5 or 6 teachers) are Kyrgyz or Russian (Slavic). Two of her teachers speak French. The international kids speak English.
Iris does well: play well, eats well (lots and lots of veggie soup!), etc. She has finally started to speak English. She is learning Russian words. She has learned quite a few songs. She is learning to express herself through her body (dance, movement, etc.). She is forming friendships. She talks to the Russian-speaking kids. She learns about musical instruments. In short, the school seems great!
She was the only child who, when starting out, didn't scream and cry when being dropped off.
BUT...lately she has been very resistant in the morning. She says she wants to be with me. She screams, kicks, grits her teeth, hits me. Now, this is related to a period of behavior challenges. Her French grandma recently left after a 2-week stay.
I do talk to her a lot. I tell her where we're going, how long she'll be there, when I will return to pick her up, etc.
I have friends who drop their kids off just after me (5 minutes), and they assure me that she is fine when they see her. Also, other friends volunteer at the school and tell me how gentle the children are, how there is no aggressiveness, etc. She is happy and recounting her activities when I pick her up.
I do not work, so I could keep her home. I want to do what's best for her. I will live if I have to give up some of my free time. I'm not doing much but cleaning the house and working in the garden.
What do you all think I should do?