My daughter will be starting first grade in a Chinese Elementary school in September. She has been attending a Montessori school for 3 years which isn’t very structured as far as rote teaching/learning goes so she hasn’t really developed these all important Chinese elementary school system skills.
I thought about putting her into a bushiban over the summer where she could be exposed to this but that just feels like subjecting her to the same trauma of a new school, environment, teachers, class mates twice in 2 months so I will probably try to do it myself through teaching her English and Chinese.
The main concern I have though is that she is born in August, which is to say if she had been born a few weeks later she wouldnt be starting school until next year. She also is not very mature for her age, the principal in her kinder suggested we may look at holding her back when we met last semester but feels she has made enough progress this semester to go to school this year. But I know it is going to be hard for her.
I would really like to hear from anyone out there that has advice to offer, paticularly if you have been in a similiar situation regarding your kids background and level of development.
Additionally I expect there may be some issues she will also face with being of mixed blood but I expect that too will have its pluses and minuses, interested in hearing peoples experiences on this too please.