I can’t even believe it. My youngest is going to his elementary school for Kindergarten testing today. It seems like just yesterday we were doing laps in our neighborhood to get labor to take off. I can hardly comprehend that he’s 5 let alone ready to ride a school bus.
He is very excited though. He has been waiting for Kindergarten his “whole life”. He had such a great Pre-K teacher, and I’m hoping he has retained all that she taught him. We’ve been working on math and recognizing sight words all summer. He can count to 100, knows all of his letters and numbers, about 25ish sight words, all of his shapes, and he loves to do rhyming word pairs in the car. Am I bragging? Maybe…but I have no idea how that compares to his peers. You’d think being in education, I would know this. Yep I have no clue. I can tell you anything you want to know about high school students and even quite a bit about a middle school student as far as what they should know and be able to do. Elementary is a whole different ballgame and kindergarten is a foreign land.
I greatly admire elementary teachers. I could certainly never see myself with a classroom of kiddos teaching every subject all day. I did much better with kids closer to my size (ok most of the were bigger than me) who could hold discussions (yes a lot of them consisted of me being sarcastic and them giving it right back to me) and were ready to take on complex tasks involving adulting-like decisions and consequences as well as the curriculum. That’s why I taught high school for 15 years and why I’m still most comfortable dealing with high school curriculum and kids.
You’d also think with him being the 5th child, I’d have this figured out by now. Alas, that is not the case. The rules keep changing. The expectations keep rising. My oldest got naptime in kindergarten and memorizing sight words didn’t come until the last quarter. The Common Core standards have thrown a lot of things into crazy town learning. Have you ever seen the way they are teaching math nowadays??!!! At the end of the day, I just want my little guy to have a teacher that nurtures his love of learning and doesn’t squash his spirit. Ok, and I like him to make a bunch of new friends, be loved by all, and never have to deal with being bullied. That’s not to much to ask right? Right?