My 10 yr old niece just started wearing hijab all the time last week, and now wears it to school (starting on the first day of tschool his year). Over the summer she toyed with it, sometimes wearing it, sometimes not, but decided herself to wear it once school started.
Yesterday she told me that the older kids (those dratted 6th graders; she's in 5th) were making fun of her. Now she didn't hear anything specific, but they were staring and talking in the lunchroom and so on. It could be nothing; they could be simply curious. SHe and her brother, as far as we know, are the only Muslims in this public school. Her close friends don't care at all; she's had no problem with them. One younger boy said something about an "African hat" and she brushed it off because it was just a ridiculous comment from a little kid.
Her mom is out of town until Sat, (her mom also used to wear hijab all the time, but now does so infrequently; to work in the Islamic Center she covers, but not always outside of work) so I've been picking them up after school and staying through hw and dinner times (and we pray together when they get home as well as asr, maghrib, isha) until their dad my brother in law gets home. Their grandparents are also there until next week when they are going back to Gaza inshaallah. Last night I told my husband about it so he could inform his brother.
I did talk to her about how she will always come across people who are being stupid and ignorant, and how inshaallah Allah will bless her more for wearing hijab since it is harder for her.
Just looking for any additional advice to share with my 10 yr old niece. I teach at an Islamic school where grades 5 and 6 wear hijab to school as a school rule, and I started wearing it around 5 yrs ago when I first converted, so my experience with any teasing or negativity is different than hers.