Edited at bottom.
This morning I had a conference with Katya's teacher. We got there early, before the other kids had entered the classroom. Do you think I had any trouble guessing which desk is Katya's? (This is what I saw when we entered the room, before Katya had even left the cloakroom downstairs...)
I mean, GEESH! Her DRESS from the other day was even on her chair!
If you look carefully, the shelf under her desk is full... So her pencil case has to be on top... She has her own purple clock, a purple messenger purse, and a stuffed backpack!
Her teachers have basically given up. I'm not surprised... So did the teachers at her preschool and kindergarten (two separate schools)... I mean, at the preschool -- she even "broke" a veteran teacher, one who had taught the children of the KGB elite for her entire career! It was a truly a sight to witness!
Lest you think she's keeping everything at school, let's talk about all of the ceramics projects she brings home... They've been gobbling up what little space we have...
I learned last week that she's been bringing home ceramics projects that had been abandoned in the art room! Made by kids Katya doesn't even know! Her response? "But they're beautiful and special to me!" Quite cleverly, she won't tell me which things she has made... And which she has adopted. She loves all those clay animals equally...
Future adoptive mom, perhaps?!
Oh, yeah, the parent-teacher conference? Still among the top in her class, our smart little K-bear! Not bad for the only foreigner!
I just had to respond to your comments... It's not just a few ceramic animals, Olga. It's a couple filled backpacks' worth! They come home EN MASSE! She does it after school twice a week and is PROLIFIC!
About changing clothing? Why do you think the dress she wore to school yesterday is hanging on her chair! Her need to change clothing according to whim (body temperature, how anything feels against her sensitive skin) is only exacerbated by the regime in a Russian school...
At the preschool it was even worse since they were required to change into pajamas for nap time (Russian preschools even have rooms of bunk beds; they take nap time SERIOUSLY).
These days she's required to change for: physical education; outdoor play (if her outfit won't be warm enough/waterproof); dance class (part of the regular school day); and swimming (obviously). In addition to this, kids are asked to keep a spare set of clothes in their closets (two rooms off of the school's entryway that are filled with rows of wooden non-locking lockers). The shoes for dance and gym are different from the pair of shoes kids are required to keep at school for indoor use (сменная обувь).
Аs a result, she does change throughout the day... She hardly ever comes home wearing what she had on when she left the house... All I can do is take it with a grain of salt, with humor!