Sean-Paul is one of my most interesting children. Not that the others aren't interesting, they are, immensely, all in their different ways. But this little guy (yes he's still little in my book) finds ways to amaze and perplex me in ways that my other children never have. He is my fourth (and likely final) Kindergartner. Yes, it's a sad realization, but also a liberating one in terms of the nitty gritty. As in, I do not have to worry much anymore about a little one putting the pre-schooler's work into his mouth, and the like. But this particular Kindergarten year with this particular little person has been very different than any other Kindergarten year that I have experienced. Not in a bad way, not in the least. A challenging way however, as he is not as easily pleased with the materials I used with the other children. I am having to become more creative in how I present learning activities, which on good days is fun and things work out fine, on days that I am unprepared however, I fall short miserably. Alas, the learning curve that God has set pour moi, is ever changing and high, as it should be :)
Our Kindergarten year has been ripe with many new endeavors and some familiar and repetitive ones; the secret weapons that I used time and again with my past three Kindergarten graduates. So yes, there is a light at the end of the Kindergarten tunnel, and yes I know my child will be happy and ready to move on to 1st grade no matter his learning style.
Kindergarten doesn't come in a box, it comes with the love and attention you spend with your little person learning about a few special things. Charlotte Mason tends to be the backbone of our preferred learning style, but our Montessori materials also hold a very special place in the Kindergarten learning room. That being said, sometimes, just a really good read aloud and some letter recognition games may be all we accomplish in a day, or a week, depending on stuff...LIFE.
Truly, the best of our days are when I let go of the impulse to drive my K-er forward too fast. When we slow down and do things deliberately with a relaxed atmosphere, it's much more of a win-win. Thus our equation is Happy Kindergartner = Happy Mama!
A few of the things we are enjoying right now ~
UNO (we have the Cars version)
Chess & Checkers
Outdoor playtime ~ basketball, playing catch, tag, hide & seek, rollerblading, scootering, bike riding....
Allrighty, I'm off to play another round of Uno, how has your Kindergarten year been going?? Love to hear what 'good things' are working for your little people :)
Many blessings in your day, thanks for visiting.