Finn is closing in on 5 YEARS OLD. WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN????
This means that in 10 short months, I will have to come to terms with sending him off to school. Scares me.
First of all, he started going to daycare with Trish when he was 6 weeks old. She is his second mom. To find someone to watch your child who you trust implicitly where you know that not only there basic needs are being met (eating, sleeping, etc.), but also teaching the same values that you work on at home…there’s just nothing better than that. Finn looks forward to go to Trish’s house in the mornings and often cries when we come to pick him up because he’s doing fun activities and playing with his friends and doesn’t want to leave.
Second, we went to a getting ready for Kindergarten Fair. His neighborhood school gave us a paper to help us prepare him for Kindergarten. After reading it, I want to know what they plan to teach him in Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grade. As a second grade teacher for 5 years, I know many students couldn’t do these things in second grade…much less 3 years earlier.
Here are some examples:
- Count objects to 30, 50, and 100
- Keep a calendar
- Name coins and know their value
- Write first and last name
- Write home phone number, address, and birth date
- Letters and sounds
- Write letters
Did your kids know this prior to stepping into Kindergarten?