Tomorrow is our first day of school tomorrow and I am really excited. It will be great to get back to our routine. The kids do much better and so do I. We celebrated going”back to school” this weekend with a yummy homemade specially frosted carrot cake. That definitely helped spark the kids’ excitement!
I am looking forward to this year as I feel more experienced now with Nathan having finished 1st grade and scored so well on the standardized testing. I’m not perfect, but we’re doing something right! I feel ready to tackle 2nd grade with him this year.
I’ll be doing some “preschool” with Emily too, but I’m not going to pressure her – or me.
This homeschooling mom wrote a wonderful blog post about teaching younger children. She speaks with such wisdom – it is so true!
When Nathan was 4 years old, I was determined to teach him all of his letters and the sounds. And numbers too. So many other kids his age knew their letters and numbers that I felt pressured to teach him too. So I attempted “preschool” with him. He wasn’t ready and all it did was frustrate both of us. I remember crying on the phone to my mom in frustration. She listened patiently and then assured me that he would learn, but there was no reason to push him at this age. He just wasn’t ready and it was okay. I struggled with that for a bit, but I finally put the letters & numbers aside and waited.
When he was 5, I very hesitantly started kindergarten with him. Would I have a repeat of a year prior – or even 6 months ago – where we were both so frustrated?
Nathan was ready and he did very well. He aced everything, was doing basic reading by the end of K-5, and learning by leaps and bounds. By 1st grade, he was doing even better and we ended up double and tripling his math work so that by the end of 1st grade, he had finishd 1st grade math and 2/3 of the 2nd grade math curriculum with an A+ average. My son can quote more facts about astronomy, basic physics (atoms and all that jazz – things I am not good at), and details about volcanoes, tornadoes, and weather formations than most people I know, including adults. Over the summer, he’s read some 25+ novels. I’m not kidding. He loves to read and is very intelligent.
My point to all this isn’t to brag about Nathan (although he is very smart and I am very proud of him), but rather that he just wasn’t ready at the age of 4, but once he was ready, he flew. There was no learning disability. He just needed time. That’s okay. There is so much pressure in this day and age to compete and for kids to constantly do things earlier and earlier. I’m not saying that’s wrong, but I am saying that it’s okay if your child isn’t reading before they start kindergarten!!!
I am trying to remind myself to take that wisdom that I learned from Nathan and apply that to Emily. That’s where I say I am going to do preschool with Emily this fall, but I won’t pressure her or me. We’ll take it as it comes. And I’m excited about that.
I probably won’t be on the computer quite as much this next week as we get back into the school routine. During the school year, I try to stay away from the computer during the morning (when we do school) and afternoon (when I catch up on my housework) until I’ve finished my to-do list. Which means, my computer time is limited and reserved for the evening. Of course, I’m so used to blogging, I might not be able to stay away that long, so no doubt, you will hear from me soon. 😉
I hope you all had a nice weekend. I have some pictures & stories to share about ours – hopefully tomorrow!
Oh and our big ultrasound is just 3 days away! I am getting so anxious and excited!