Last week, I got a form from Gavin's preschool telling me what they were working on that week in class. (He goes to preschool in the mornings and daycare in the afternoon - even though it's all the same place.) From said form, I learned that last week's theme was nature, that they talked about the letter "C", that Gavin spent most of his time playing with Carson in the block area and housekeeping area (did I mention he loves to help me clean? I am such a lucky lady.), and that they were practicing the letter "C" in their Zoo-phonics program.
Then, I got to the "Child's Notes" part. It started off well - letting me know that Gavin was doing well during group activities. After that, it gave some suggestions as to how we can help extend his learning at home. It said, "Gavin needs to work on recognizing letters of the alphabet and writing his name." Okay, I can handle that. We've been working on his letters all summer, so we'll keep on working at them, and we'll throw in some writing practice. Not a big deal, right?
Well, today, not even one week later, I get another form. It tells me that this week's theme is fall, they're going to discuss what leaves are made of, and they're going to be practicing letters and numbers. Super! But then I got to the "Child's Notes" part . . .
Gavin does well with one-on-one activities but struggles in a group setting when learning new things.
Wait a second. Did you just tell me that last week he did well with group activities? And now you're telling me he doesn't? Which one is it?!?!
Then . . .
It would be beneficial for you to work with Gavin at home by helping him recognize letters of the alphabet and practicing his name. He also needs help holding a pencil/writing utensil.
But I have been! You just told me this last week! And since last week, I've been working with him. We read books, we look at letter flashcards, we sing the alphabet song, we talk about the different letters in the words on the pages of a book . . . I'm working with him! Is he supposed to learn this all in a week? Do you want me to wake him up six times during the middle of the night, shove a flashcard in his face, and scream, "What letter is this!?! Tell me now!!" And, if he gets it wrong, I'll throw cold water in his face?
As a teacher, I know how important it is to work at home with your children - to read to them, teach them basic math and letter sounds - so, I appreciate the friendly-reminders, but you're stressing me out people.
Then, I started worrying. . . Is he behind? Can all the other 3-year-olds recognize all the letters of the alphabet, hold a pencil correctly, and write their name? Am I not doing enough at home? Should we be spending more time learning and less time playing?
So, tonight, after being gone from the house for 12 hours, teaching classes, commuting two hours round-trip, making dinner, and doing a load of laundry, we spent time working on this:
|Look at those beautiful g's!|
And, you know what? I'm not going to stress about it. We'll keep working slowly, and he'll get it all eventually. And I'm just gonna ignore those friendly reminders from preschool for awhile . . .