We are still trucking away with home school! And proud mom alert: My child is reading and I am ecstatic. In fact she just read a book to her dad the other night for the first time and it gave me all the feels. (In case you were wondering, it was Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss.) She’s always so shy about reading in front of anyone other than me, but as we continue to practice her confidence has grown and she has opened up much more about it! Lately we’ve been working on mastering the ‘silent E’ rule (well, except when the English language just throws it out the window) along with continuing to work on word families (we started -it & -in words this week!) And of course, the ever growing list of sight words.
For this entire month, we have actually vetoed doing themed weeks. Prior to, I always had her select a topic she wanted to learn about and do my best to theme the week’s lessons around it. But starting in January we had a focus on some practical knowledge. We spent the month working on nailing down our address (both physical and mailing since they are different, and both knowing and writing it) along with how to make an emergency call and what to do in those situations. She had a lot of fun playing ’emergency’ and showing me how she would call 911 on my cell phone. She also now knows my phone number, should the need ever arrive. Learning the months in proper order has also been a huge focus of January, plus learning to write the date.
Along with the reading and practical stuff we’ve been mixing in the fun play/learning activities too! Science experiments, thinking puzzles (she’s a huge fan of Hidden Pictures – remember those from Highlights?! So glad they’re still around) and of course – Kiwi Crate! We even started a new baby avocado to go along with our giant avocado tree! I’ll have to write up a post on those bad boys.
So while she is continuing to blow my mind with her brain, I have been getting increasingly nervous as we creep towards May. Why? Because May is when I have to set up the meetings to go in and talk with the principal about starting her in first grade and skipping over kindergarten in the school system. I’m terrified. For so many reasons. Advocating for my child isn’t a problem, but I’m just worried about what to say, and how to convey my points. I’ll be prepping for sure, but I’m still going to freak out about it.
I’m also in complete concerned-mommy mode for my kiddo. I know that if the school chooses to start her in kindergarten, not only will she be bored to tears, but she’s going to view it as a failure. We’ve talked about the fact that she may start in kindergarten and how that’s perfectly fine, but she always says she doesn’t want to and how she can’t wait to start first grade. I am so stressed out that this may not happen, and she is going to go into her first school experience feeling awful, and on top of it being completely bored. My mommy brain is stressed to the max.
However, I’m taking it one step at a time. I still have months before any meetings need to be made, and I’ll be researching as much as I can to feel confident when I go in and talk to the principal. I know that I’ll do my best and so will my kiddo, and we can only go from there!