Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wordy Wednesday: Kindergarten

A few days ago, out of the blue, Four told me he wants to 'do kindergarten.'  By "do kindergarten" he means GO TO KINDERGARTEN.  Since then, he hasn't backed off that desire.  I've explained that he will have to be there ALL DAY.  I've asked WHY he thinks he wants to go.  His number 1 reason was to be around the other kids.  This makes total sense.  He is an incredibly social boy.  I don't think he understands, though, that there won't really be a lot of talking or playing with the other kids during school.

He also has a hard time not blurting out the answer when his brother takes even a second to answer something.  I can't imagine this is going to be a positive attribute in a classroom.  I'm worried that he doesn't understand the reality of this choice.  I've not said anything negative to him.  I did ask him if I promised him that we would do more things with other kids, if he'd want to stay home.  At this, he told me that he still would want to go so he could learn more things than I will teach him.  *dagger to the heart*

This last year has not been very successful school year.  We dropped a lot of activities, and daily school work because we had extra-kids here (my cousins,) and other family obligations due to my aunt becoming terminally ill and passing away.  He is newly 5 and has no way to understand the reasons things have been this way.  It's time to 'Turn Up!' and challenge him more.  Get him out of the house and around other kids more, and meet his needs.

Life throws us curve balls, we have to adapt and adjust.  I'm working on it.

**All of the above was written last Wednesday, June 11.  This next part is written Thursday, June 19**

I've amped up my game in the daily schooling area.  He seems much happier overall.  He's SUPER bright, and I think he was in all reality bored.  My fault.  I own that.  There isn't a lot going on on our social calendar right now since all of our activities have wrapped up for summer.  He goes to camp next month, and we've been hitting the pool regularly.  I've been looking at more classes for him next year (his brother has NO interest in any classes, if I'd let him quit his co-op he would.....the differences are astounding.)  He hasn't mentioned going to school since last Thursday, so my fingers are crossed.

I am not totally against him going and having this experience.  However, I don't think he has any clue what it will really be like, and I don't think it would be a good fit for him.  We'll see how this pans out!
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