As a parent, I worry about all these things and more when it comes to my child's education, and I especially worry as my son will be entering kindergarten next year. Our town does not have a full-day kindergarten option for my son, and so I am faced with the dilemma of finding another "affordable" kindergarten that will provide a full-day experience; otherwise, he will go to school for two and a half hours and be placed in a "day-care" setting for the remaining four, which is hardly ideal. This topic will be continued for sure...
Yesterday, Lewie woke up with a croup cough, and quickly my husband and I made arrangements to stay at home with our little boy. I would take the morning off from work, and my husband would take the afternoon. After Lewie and I finished breakfast, he piped in, "Mommy, can we play school today? We can do a craft in the morning, have snack, and then read a book. We'll have school at home."
I loved this idea. In fact, I had to pinch myself because I couldn't believe these words were coming out of my son's mouth instead of my own. I quickly took out this train craft that I bought, and Lewie and I decorated the train by using scissors, glue, and, of course, his imagination.
"Aren't I cre-tive?" Lewie asked.
"Yes, you are very cre-a-tive," I agreed.
It became a lesson in using our fine motor skills and creativity, and since the craft was all about creating his own train/engine, he couldn't be more attentive. He was proud of his little train, asking if he could hang it up after it dried. It was at that moment that I realized my son has never brought home a craft to me from daycare or preschool that he wanted to hang up. Why was this craft so special to him? Was it because it's a train, or was it because the two of us really took a lot of time and concentration to make it perfect?
After his little craft, I prepared a fruit and yogurt parfait snack, and we read books. It was the most perfect, unexpected morning I've had in a long time. I think I could really love this homeschool thing... If only I had the courage to leave my full-time job again...
|Very meticulously choosing his train scheme.|
|His masterpiece. Perfect because it's exactly how he wanted to make it without any suggestions from Mommy!|