I wish I could say that I remember my Kindergarten days, but I can’t. I know I wasn’t the best student, at least not at that grade. I don’t expect Justice and Jasmine to be any better, but I do have hope! Like any parent, I want the best for my kids.
Here are a couple of things I’ve learned about Kindergarten:
- There is more of a push to get parents involved in their learning
- They, meaning teachers, do an evaluation of the students and share that information with the parents.
- There are certain expectations about Kindergarten that every parent should know before sending their kid(s) to school
What’s great about the school now-a-days, at least from what we can see, is that the curriculum as improved. It’s not all about play, but the kids learn about other things such as respect, community, and citizenship. They learn valuable life lessons as well as have fun.
As a parent, I have to change the way I view things. I have to be a better role model. I can see areas of my own life/behavior, where I need to change. No longer am I bound to the confines of my home, but I have to extend myself to a whole new world of parenting. Now I have to be a parent as well as teacher, among many things. I have to be involved for the sake of my kids.
It’s almost like work where I have to start with a foundation and build on it and demonstrate how I achieved my goals. In the same way, I have to help my kids how to read, write, and do all the basics, then show tangible improvements. I cannot solely rely on teachers to educate my kids. It’s my responsibility too.
While it’s only been about 4 weeks since Justice and Jasmine first started school, we, as a family, have learned a lot and we all have had to make adjustments. A typical day might look like this:
- 6AM – Wake up and eat breakfast and get ready for the day
- 7AM – Wake up the kids and get them fed, cleaned up, and dressed
- 7:40AM – Leave for school
- 8AM – Drop them off and go to work
- 11:31AM – Babysitter picks up kids with Sophia and takes them home
- 12:30PM – Babysitter helps kids with homework
- 1:30PM – Lunch
- 3PM – Nap time
- 5PM – Afternoon snack
- 6:30PM – Dinner
- 7:15PM – Bath
- 8PM – Review homework
- 10PM – Get ready for sleep and prepare for next next day
Usually by 10:30-10:40PM everyone is down, well except for me. For me, I catch up on emails, finish cleaning the kitchen, and generally put the house back into order.
Kindergarten has been a good change for us. We know better now and hope to get an early start with Sophia. She just has to stop eating the crayons and tearing the paper.