JE had some hiccups too. The afternoon kids assemble before going into their classrooms as the morning students would still be occupying the room. This second day, there was a stern-faced teacher leading them through questions and answers, arm exercises and whatnot. She spoke fast and purely in Mandarin. JE didn't follow the actions at all. I didn't realise it as I was standing behind her (trying to be unobtrusive) but when I went up to her after that, her eyes were swimming with tears. She clung on to me, sobbed and said "I don't understand, Mummy". Oh, that broke my heart.
Both kids were fine when I picked them up the second day. But when we were driving home that night, SE spoke up, "Today, I almost cry in the toilet. I want Mummy" and again "I almost cry. Got no Papa, no Mummy". Oh... heartbreak for the second time that day! To have my little 4yo being miserable in the toilet. :( If she said she "almost" cried, maybe she WAS crying!
My poor baby
On the bright side, JE was ok after that second day. Her class teacher is kinder than that stern-faced one and JE speaks to her in English. Hopefully she will be able to pick up some Mandarin soon.
BUT... SE still isn't fine. The third day, she was as clingy as on the second. And on today the fourth day, for the first time there were tears in her eyes. Which developed into full-scale bawling as I was leaving. Oh-oh-oh. Definitely not over the hump yet.
I want Mummy...