I’m kind of freaking out. Big time about to lose it. I am in shock that our oldest daughter will be in Kindergarten next year? How did that happen? I mean, we just brought her home from the hospital! Any other parents out there not ready to have a Kindergartener just yet? ‘Cause I’m not ready for this!
There’s still that long list, all be it ridiculous list, that apparently all kids going into Kindergarten need to be able to do before they go. This is just a bit of it:
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE KINDERGARTEN
- open and close all her lunch containers
- sing the alphabet and write each letter in handwriting
- write her first and last name
- tie her shoes without singing about a bunny
- count to one billion and two
- hold a pencil in perfect pincher grasp
- read every word in the dictionary
The list goes on and on, and now there is also the 1000 books she is apparently supposed to have read before she turns 5 and she also needs to be able to ballroom dance while tying her shoes. Yes, I know the above list is a bit far fetched, that’s the point because ugh, this is ridiculous. So let’s be honest, the majority of this is not going to happen and there is no way I am forcing my kid to do all of this and there is a very little chance she will be able to do all of this by the first day of Kindergarten.
You know what, I’m not worried! She will learn how to write her name, she will ready many books throughout her lifetime (she’s very much a bookworm), and she will have to go through the struggle of figuring out buttons. She will be able to do it all some day. There is no point in my being in a crazy frenzy before Kindergarten.
For now, I am letting my daughter continue to be a kid. She will learn so much in her own time. Isn’t Kindergarten for learning all of this stuff too, and for helping her get there if she does not know “everything”? What I do know is that my daughter loves to learn and she is going to soak it all up when she goes to elementary school next year.
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