but you're still doing ok Nat!
13.11.2012 - 21.12.2012 2 °C
When we arrived in Bologna we managed to find a local pre-school for Nat quite quickly. The location was good, the price reasonable, and hopefully she would learn some Italian.
I must admit I had my concerns when she started however - for example no medical history was required, and you didn't need to sign your child in or out each day. Perhaps this was just the Italian way I thought ... more relaxed than the nanny state of Australia. But my concerns were not alleviated when several times I saw one of the carers out walking the dog, and the other carer - according to Nat - was always on the 'cuter'. Although Nat seemed happy enough, and she was picking up the odd Italian word (and our American friends had their two kids there), a decision was made to send Nat to international school along with Gabi.
Nat is the only non-Italian in the class, and as she tells us "the other kids don't speak my language", although all lessons are taught in English. Pleasingly she has settled in quickly, and loves her new teachers Miss Mina and Miss Anita (so mind you does Dan as you can probably guess from the photos ... no wonder he is always happy to do the drop off and pick-up!). Nat has also attended her first birthday party, which Dan was most disappointed to miss, as the birthday girl's papa is Alessandro Diamanti (plays soccer for Italy and Bologna), and her mama is Silvia Hsieh, a super-glamorous TV host. There were of course a few other players and their WAGs there. I felt a bit like the hired help ... very unglamorous!
Miss Anita and Miss Mina
After three weeks Nat has also started to make some new friends (Aurora is her best mate, although little English is spoken, which is amusing to watch). She has sung 'I'm a little snowman' for the Christmas concert, and is the best pasta eater in the class! "The cookers love me mum", as Nat is inclined to say ...
Gabi also continues to enjoy school, and loved taking part in her class' Beatles Concert. Also included are photos of her school buddies saying farewell to Zach, who is returning home to Connecticut with his family.
Gabi Class Mates