Posted by liafreitas | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 27-04-2010
Tags: golf, kindergarten, Letter Factory, reading, Stanford, writing
My daughter will start kindergarten in the fall. She can hardly wait. I can hardly wait too. She goes to preschool now 3 full days a week and LOVES it. I am amazed at the things she comes home having learned.
I was a teacher before becoming a mom. I am probably the opposite of how most people think I would be. Actually, I think most teachers are. I am hardly an overachiever when it comes to my child. I haven’t pushed LG to learn one thing academically. Everything has come on her own as she was ready. If fact, at the age of 2 when she knew her letters and their sounds it came from the Letter Factory video and not me! Shortly thereafter, all my friends were grabbing up the video. What can I say, it worked!
With kindergarten fast approaching, I have been feeling pressure. The pressure to get her to read, to do basic math, etc. Then I discovered she already knew basic math….SCORE! She can sound out lots of words but isn’t really reading yet. She can write, in fact, she sits and writes word after word after word. Going to be a writer like her mom? Maybe!
I sat thinking one night and I realized…..I don’t care!
She will learn all these skills in elementary school. She has a lifetime to read and do math. She will do it when she is ready. It isn’t as if she is behind at all. All of my students who struggled with reading have all turned out to be amazing students. They are great kids and even though it took them some time they got it and are fine.
I will not let the “mommy pressure” get me. That is what it is, right? The pressure to feel up to par with other moms. At the end of the day I know that whether or not she enters into kindergarten reading she could still go to Stanford. Besides, that is what the 3 weeks of golf camp she is going to this summer is for, right??????