Since I am a mother, I feel escorted by expectations from the outside.
No surprise the way to my boy’s Kindergarten entry is paved – or let’s better say gravelled – with expectancy as well.
Kindergarten Today – Everything Changes
Kindergarten readiness lists are around and imply that you better work of a wide range of qualifications. Is your little one ready to enter that next play & learn level? Can your kid count to 20 and write his/her first name. Don’t forget about the whole alphabet – the child should be well versed in saying or singing it. Short words should be read and recognized.
I am confused.
My little monkey gets stuck at 13 every time he counts til 20.
Luckily he can write his first name now... phew...
Alphabet, well, works until G.
I find it dangerous to live in an environment, where we try hard to equip our children with counting, reading and writing skills even before entering Kindergarten.
There is a common-sense among a lot of researchers that nowadays we head into a harmful „too much and too soon-direction“.
He is not even four.
So, what now? No homeschooling before Kindergarten. That’s against my beliefs. But of course, I don’t want him to come home from pre-school, sad and down, being the only one not knowing the full alphabet.
A vicious circle of our modern times.
I keep on playing with him.
I keep on being creative with him.
And I keep on reading books with him every day.
That is what I genuinely believe.
What do you believe? Share your opinion in the comments!
PS: I binned the readiness list!
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