China – The culture, language mannerism & food, put together is enough to challenge any adult. Now, imagine being 12 & 14 and living in a rural area where English with the local kids is uncommon. I would have to say that this move to China has been a bit more challenging and difficult for our young girls. Luckily they have each other for company; however, as with most sisters go, being together 24/7 has its own set of problems all on its own.
In September, we enrolled our 2nd youngest daughter Monica in a local school. Rather than starting in 9th grade she was enrolled in 10th grade. The jump in grade then added a whole new set of trials for her. The learning curve was a significant change for Monica. Luckily, Monica was up for the task and has been enjoying school.
Today, we enrolled Mari (our youngest daughter) at the same school attending 7th grade. The semester the girls spent apart was hard for Mari. She no longer had her school companion, friend, & sister to keep her company. Mari commented on how she missed being around other school age kids and actually missed going to school. So after some thought and prayer, we decided to enroll Mari.
Attending school in a foreign country is not easy or even the same as attending school in the states.For example in this school the kids are encouraged to have a cell phone (the school will provide them for a fee), tablets and or laptops are almost a necessity as homework assignments are turned in (for the most part) online, there are a few restaurants on campus and a coffee-house in the school. There is no PTA and parent volunteer’s are unheard of. The school library will be going to a virtual library very soon. Lot’s of changes not only for our two students but for myself as well.
The highlight of the day for the girls was:
Mari – Mom I met 2 new friends. School was great! I love it.
Monica – Mom, Mari and I had a cappuccino and lunch together.
These sisters share a very special bond!