Excuse me while I go curl up in a ball and sob in the corner.

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
  • Estimating
  • Name coins and know their value
  • Measurements
  • Write first and last name
  • Write home phone number, address, and birth date
  • Rhyming
  • Letters and sounds
  • Write letters

Did your kids know this prior to stepping into Kindergarten?

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One Response to Excuse me while I go curl up in a ball and sob in the corner.

  1. Vince says:

    I’m pretty sure our kids didn’t go into Kindergarten with all of those skills. And they don’t need to. I think there’s too much of an expectation that kids need to somehow be working at a level years beyond them the second they start school. Why put that much pressure on a kid? Both my boys do very well in high school. The key to success for a child in school is not so much the teacher (not beating up on your profession!). The key is to have parents that are involved in their child’s education to make sure they do well and have the tools they need to succeed. It always makes me a little sad when I hear teachers and administrators thank me for being involved in my kids’ education. It seems that isn’t the norm. So don’t sweat it. I’m sure your son will do just fine in school.
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