Today was the day. School started again here. I sent off a bunch…3 went from my home onto the bus and several others got on the bus at their own homes.
Next week on Tuesday I send off another bunch. I’ll have four heading off to preschool.
I hate that school for kiddos here starts at age three. Yes, THREE! I think it’s too soon. I’m comfortable with four. At three there is so much more playing to do-so much outdoors to enjoy. Here kids don’t have to go at three but most do. They go all day, four days a week. On Wednesdays my preschoolers will come back to me. Long ago I used to do extra activities on Wednesdays because they were here and they could do those activities….nowadays, I do no structured activities on Wednesdays. These kiddos need to relax, unwind and PLAY!!
Boy my outlook on learning has so changed. I used to cram all I could into the kiddos. Now we learn just as much but it’s in a much more relaxed mode. We play Legos and as we play we talk about colors. We learn the alphabet but it all starts with kids learning the letter on their first name in a relaxed setting of reading books, playing games and doing art activities. We do so much more playing and so much less of everything else.
I’ve loved watching the kids this summer when playing with water. They are filling and pouring….getting a good understanding of volume. I’ve watched them pour water in tube trying to understand gravity. I’ve watched them negotiate the space with others…cooperating and sometime not. I’ve watched them water plants and analyze the growth. I’ve watched them go from the early days of ending up soaking wet to now when they can play without getting soaked. I’ve also watched my water bill go up but it’s so worth it. The math and social skills they learned are priceless…and much more effective than a worksheet and numbers.
This little guy is spraying a squirt bottle. There’s so much for him to take in including the strengthening of his hands. He’ll need that to hold a pencil.
I’m celebrating the end of a summer with them. I looking forward to a new year with the little ones. I’m so thankful that several of them have fall birthdays. Had they been born a month or so earlier I would have lost them to preschool too. As hard as it to let them all go, I’m looking forward to a new routine and more time with the little ones…. I have a whole batch just waiting to learn all the things that I’ve taught their older friends.
And so today…I’m a little bit sad and a little bit happy. I’m going to miss the school kiddos but I’m excited to focus some good concentrated time on the little ones.