The kids and I were walking with someone from the neighborhood earlier this week when a topic came up.
I got both excited and scared at the same time.
Keith is going to be starting Kindergarten in the Fall.
Yesterday he came with me to pick up the paperwork. As we were walking out of the school, Keith groaned.
"I have to learn to read before I can go to school! They are going to want me to count to a thousand. I can't do that! They wont let me in the school because I can't read yet, and I can't tie my shoes all the way."
He was really getting frantic with worry.
I looked into his wrinkled with worry face, and gave his hand a squeeze as I explained to him that school is the place where you get to learn all those things. I told him that his dad and I are trying to give him a head start by teaching him all those things, but he will never have to count to a thousand out loud, and he shouldn't worry about it.
To help appease his fears, and because Jeffrey is wonderful like that, every night before bed he makes up a worksheet for the kids. For Keith, it is simple math and simple reading. He writes his first and last name on the top, answers the math questions, and draws a picture of the word or sentence that Jeffrey writes for him. For Faye, he makes a dot by dot letter or word for her to trace, and then a box for her to draw a picture of whichever word she traced.
The early afternoon is usually when we work on the worksheets. It is the perfect time. The sun glints through the windows creating that beautiful glow. There is a bit of a lull in energy, the kids are ready for a snack and a redirection of their little minds. I love this time of day with them. I really think I am going to miss this part of the day once school starts. Then again, perhaps we will get to enjoy this part of day while we have a snack and work on homework next year.
I love my job!