What I’ve Learned about Kindergarten
My oldest has been in kindergarten for over a month. The last time I truly interacted with public school kindergarten was… when I was five, going to school for the first time. As a five-year-old, I was observant about many things, but the logistics of kindergarten was not one of them.
Since Addie began rocking the kindergarten scene, I’ve picked up on a few tidbits to share with others new to this experience.
Top 5 Things I’ve Learned about Kindergarten:
1. Social issues become prominent very quickly.
I’ve already heard about somebody’s boots not being in line with the uniform code, how so-and-so was naughty and kept talking when the teacher was talking, and that it’s important for a girl’s hair to be down.
2. Instead of being a source of stress, doing homework together can bond you and your child.
I already have happy memories of working with Addie on math homework as we stay up a little later than usual. (Will I be saying this when huge projects come along? No. The answer is no.)
3. Volunteering can be fun!
Next month I will be putting on the school’s annual fall book fair. As I was learning more about this volunteer position, I saw Addie walk quietly with her class into P.E. You should have seen her face light up when she saw me. Worth every minute of free work.
4. Reading every night can get very old.
We like to change our reading up a bit by listening to an audiobook, having Addie and Chloe act out the story as I read, or by checking new books out from the library.
5. Kindergarten is about independent learning.
At first I was a little uptight about Addie finishing her math problems correctly and with good handwriting to boot. She came home the next day and told me that she was supposed to do it by herself. “Mrs. P says that if I try, then that’s good.” And I let her because I know that’s how she will learn.