It’s almost that time. The time that 5 years ago seemed like a life time away and now it’s just around the corner. My first born…starts kindergarten. I really can’t believe where the time has gone.
This is where the the mother part of me has failed…
He is not up to par on his sheet of “things to know” when starting kindergarten.
I love spending time with my kiddos doing artsy stuff! Not school work. I have no patience when it comes to teaching school work. Right now I am trying to work on phone number and address. And of course because I am teaching one the other two want to play a part as well, which then leads to a cluster of complete chaos. Mommy is pulled in all directions, an entire box of paper is now gone, and my son, who I am trying to teach, wants to draw pictures instead. And I would rather let him.
Nor have I ever possessed it.
I would rather paint a picture with them, then watch and observe while they place their toys from smallest to largest. I go through their toys every couple of months…I know what’s smallest to largest in there.
I would rather watch them play outside in the sprinkler then have them cut a dozen triangles out of paper.
I feel like as a mother …. I would rather have fun…then do schoolwork. School is for schoolwork. And the minute that phrase escapes my thought…I know that I can’t rely on the school system to teach my children everything they need to know. There’s too many students and not enough teachers.
I am very lucky that the son who is about to start kindergarten loves to learn and learns quickly. So far the only thing we are struggling with is shoe tying. I don’t remember anyone ever teaching me how to tie my shoes. I literally have a memory of me sitting in my bedroom with a stuffed animal that had a piece of ribbon tied to it. I practiced and practiced until finally I got it! Problem is…can’t get him to practice. He watches me or his older brother do an example of tying…he tries a couple times…then gets frustrated that he can’t figure it out and loses interest in the entirety of it. I have even insisted on taking away his tablet until he has practiced and learned to tie his shoes. I hate to see him frustrated. It frustrates me. It also frustrates me that I put him in a paid preschool and am not quite sure what he really learned there.
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