I didn’t spend the last two months teaching my kindergartner.
Honestly I loved working with little kids in vacation Bible school in high school. The preschool and kindergartners were my favorite.
However when the pandemic hit and I suddenly found myself at home with my own kindergartner, I found out how much of a teacher I am not.
Sure, the first couple of weeks, we got through a few of the assignments. We even worked on a few of the craft projects and took photos.
But I determined along the way that I am not a teacher.
I’m not a teacher and I’m not the creative motivated one who had the ability to drive my independent child to finish her homework assignment each day from school.
I will admit I walked into the situation with the attitude that my daughter is a kindergartner and this isn’t the end of her world.
For some parents and some kids, this spring semester and working/learning/living at home has been a struggle. I can’t imagine how much of a strain this put on those families.
For my family though, it was different.
I am fortunate in that my Anna is young. She’s already pretty smart and I didn’t feel pressure to keep up on every assignment.
I appreciated the fact that Anna’s teacher and the rest of the teachers spent so much time putting together packets of homework assignments to stimulate her little brain and keep us all going.
I just didn’t have the talent, strength or desire to push her into doing more than she wanted or I could put on her.
We were lucky in that her school didn’t require that we turn in every assignment.
We did take advantage of the opportunity to speak with Anna’s favorite school specialist once a week. The two would read books, share stories and even took the time one week to learn how to draw the characters from the book they had been reading together.
I was ready to embrace the experiential learning though.
We’ve read books. We’ve watched short documentaries. We’ve read about the Great Barrier Reef. We’ve studied games and food in Japan and Sweden. And we’ve even planted several different fruits and vegetables.
I know the experiential learning will continue throughout the summer.
I still have the rest of the papers the school sent home that we didn’t finish during the school year. I plan to take advantage of the summer and spread that work out across the summer and maybe we’ll finish it by the end of summer.
If we don’t, I’m not worried. She and I make it through the next school year with the help of her next teacher.