I put a cool little countdown widget on my phone this weekend, and Chickie excitedly asked to see it today.
We've been counting down the months until school starts, but now that it's just over six weeks away, it's fun to count the days. We're very excited!!
I'll freely admit that I get tears in my eyes thinking about it sometimes, and that I'll cry on the first day. But excitement is definitely my most prominent emotion--and Chickie's! She tells me she'll miss me "a little bit. Probably." And I hope that the transition really is that easy!
The school suggests that Chickie know how to write her first name, with the first letter uppercase and the remaining letters lowercase, before she starts. But I know a lot of other kids will have had more extensive teaching in preschool, so part of me wants her to be able to perfectly write each letter (uppercase and lowercase), plus all her numbers, before the first day.
The other part of me knows that I can be really, really competitive, and I certainly don't want to put pressure on my daughter to be the best in the class! I also know that it's hard for me to be organized enough to keep up with a teaching program at home. (This is one of the reasons I don't want to homeschool!) For awhile, I was going to encourage her to learn one lowercase letter a day, and that worked through the letter "b" before I forgot about it.
So I've decided that as long as she can write her name correctly (and she does need to get out of the habit of writing the whole thing uppercase), I'm not going to push it. She'll be so excited to learn once school starts, and until then, I know she learns just by playing, "reading" books, watching educational TV, and talking to Mommy and Daddy.
But today she specifically asked if she could do some "homeschooling" before school starts. (Her friend Coqui, Ann's son, homeschools.) So I found some fantastic free worksheets online to help her with her letters and numbers. I put them in a binder--the kind with a clear pocket in the front, so that she can draw a picture and slip it in the cover of the binder. She's excited!
I've told Chickie she can do as much or as little of this as she wants. I'm trying to strike a balance between letting her explore independently, and gently correcting when she isn't quite getting it. I think as long as we can keep it fun, it'll be a great way for her to prepare. And if she decides she's had enough...well, she'll have a wonderful, trained teacher to take over where we leave off.
In 43 days!
By the way, the website I used is Learning Page. It requires free registration to have access to over 1500 worksheets. I like it because it allowed me to download a file with all the letter worksheets instead of having to download each individually, and I did the same with the number worksheets.
P.S. I just realized I set up that widget wrong. School starts on the 22nd, not 23rd. Chickie will be excited...only 42 days!