For those of you who have children in school, you must know how I’m feeling right now about my first – and only – child starting school. You know, those nervous and exciting feelings intertwining and running amok in your veins and you’re not quite sure how to handle them?
Well, that’s me to a T these days. My son is starting school in less than a month and I’m wondering how in this life of mine has time gone by so quickly. I mean, there are days when I can feel myself actually aging because time is moving as slow as it possibly can. Yet, here we are, pulling a Jurassic World backpack and blue lunch bag off the shelves and into my already full cart. Water bottle? Check. Splash pants? Check. Box of tissues beside the door and in the car ready for the day I need to send my tiny human off into the world on his own? Check – but remember to get some backup.
I don’t want to say that I blinked and all of a sudden my son turned into a four year old, because I can assure you I tried blinking those long dreadful days away and I consistently opened my eyes to the same madness I wished would vanish. But the old saying is, in fact, true: the days are long but the years are short.
So here I sit, thinking about how my son is quickly inching closer to starting this next new and exciting chapter of his life and he’s clueless as to what it entails. To him, it’s riding a school bus and seeing his best daycare bud every day. To me, it’s letting go of my baby and following him into the next stage of his life.
I’ve been plagued with questions for the past few months – all from myself, of course – wondering if I’ve prepared him enough. Can he spot his name? Can he count high enough? Will he listen to his teacher? What does he need to know when he enters kindergarten? What will they be looking for? My boy is smart, sure, but is he up to par with the other kids? Will the teacher be calling me to tell me that I’m a horrible mom for not teaching my kid to spot all the letters in the alphabet?
I’m worried I haven’t done enough to ready him for what’s coming.
As if the universe heard my concerns, I got an email from a woman who found my blog and wanted to know if I would be interested in educational worksheets for my child. Of course I responded immediately and asked for some sample pages. She provided me with this kindergarten_maze_school and I gave it to my kid to try it out. He got into and was able to work on it with little help. The site has all kinds of helpful worksheets to help kids move forward in their education.
So, if you’d like to give your kids a little pre-school challenge, or if you’re looking for some extra resources for your kids to help them along the way, be sure and check out Education.com for educational games including math games, printables, and resources.
Starting school is an exciting new experience for our little humans. I’m looking forward to being a part of my son’s journey and I’m there to help him every step of the way.