We are wrapping up our final week of Kindergarten this week. We really could have hustled through and completed our curriculum last week, but I decided to stretch the lesson plans into two weeks so that we could ease into the end of our first official homeschooling year. On Monday, for instance, we had a picnic at the park and then cooled off with some frozen yogurt.
As I reshelve workbooks and binders this week I reflect on this past year and the memories that were made. I also considered some lessons that were learned, not for the student, but for this mama teacher.
What Kindergarten Has Taught Me
- The relationship is more important than subject mastery
- Play is learning
- We cannot read too many books
- Tea Time is not just for the British
- Nature is a fine classroom
- Morning Time with poetry, coloring, literature, hymn singing, Bible lessons, and memory work jump starts the school day
- When there are tears, reassess, change gears, and move on to something else
- Character cannot be taught in a textbook
- Praying is essential to lesson planning
- Learn the child and see what interests her, what makes her come alive
- Community is crucial for both the mom and the kids
- Skills take time to develop; patience is key
- It is Kindergarten, not Junior year…they don’t stay little long. Enjoy this sweet, short stage!
And we enjoyed it. Yes, there were moments I wanted to pull my hair out (hello, parenthood!), but all in all, I am thankful to have this year with Kara. I am proud of the little lady she is becoming, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for her. We are taking this homeschooling thing one year at a time, one kid at a time. I love our teachers and all they do for our schools. I want to support our schools, teachers, and the education of our kids as much as possible. I want every kid to have the opportunity to learn and develop a love for learning. I want to do what I can, do my part, and it begins with the kids living in my home. There is no perfect system– homeschooling, public schools, charter schools, private schools, cottage schools- they are all broken, and the only perfect thing that works and will endure is God’s Kingdom. That is what we strive for, and to that end we will teach, build, and work until our time here is complete. For now, I am loving these little years and savoring the sweet memories that are being made. Man, this year flew!