First day at school. Here we go!
Hunter started ‘big school’ today and, as we’re moving back to the UK in a few weeks, it will be interesting to see how the different experiences stack up. Here are a few things I will miss on his behalf about his Swedish school:
1) No uniform - I doubt I’ll ever be convinced that putting kids in uniform is a good idea.
2) No fence - the playground includes the usual play stuff, a ping-pong table and some woods, but it is not fenced in. I’ll admit this one has taken me quite some time to acclimatise to but, as someone who hated the feeling of being penned in at school, I appreciate the responsibility it gives to the child.
3) No playing indoors - rain, shine, or snow, the kids play outside every single day. All it takes is the proper clothing and a drying cupboard in the school to take care of the odd soggy sock incident. (Spare clothes are kept at school for such events.)
4) No fees - it’s a Montessori school and it’s free. Sweden incorporates schools with different pedagogical approaches into the state-funded system so you don’t have to be monied to have a choice.
Bumped into our brilliant friends, Michele, Hector and Marina Bianchi, at the IKEA store yesterday and quickly made plans to get the hell outta there and onto the water. Hunter’s been aching to have a go at kayaking ever since I took him out on a rowboat, which is, apparently, nowhere near as cool. I agree. Kayaks and canoes are where it’s at.
It was the classic boys vs girls scenario. Hunter bunked in with Hector in the Bianchi family kayak and Michele, Marina and I rented a canoe from Sjöstugans campsite which is at the southernmost tip of Lake Möckeln. Then it was off to the beach closest to our house where we stopped off for a dip before heading back to the campsite, rounding off the day with pizza and Indiana Jones. Perfect day.
Tack Michele for the photos!