My almost-four-year-old daughter will be ready for preschool this fall. We may send her. We may not. We’re still discerning … With the two oldest children going to Catholic school this year, there are a number of factors playing into this decision. (You probably can guess what one of those numbers might be that I am talking about =)
If we don’t send her, I would like to help her learn her letters and numbers and other Kindergarten-prep skills at home. I have always worked with my kids informally with lots of reading and other everyday activities (counting, measuring, coloring, etc.). But if she stays home this year, I think I would have a new sense of obligation to really help her learn and grow, so that she’s ready for Kindergarten next fall.
I know preschool and Kindergarten are not a big deal. They aren’t even mandatory in many states, so I know I don’t need to stress about this.
But as part of my discernment, I was wondering: What did you do to get your kids ready for Kindergarten? Do you have any tips, recommendations, resources, Web sites or books that might help me come up with some little program for her? I wouldn’t want to invest in a lot of materials. Just simple ideas I can pull out when we have some one-on-one time while the older girls are at school. Maybe once or twice a week. I think it would help me to look into/figure out what it would entail if I did this with her at home. (I wouldn’t mind buying a curriculum or part of a curriculum; the more something is mapped out for me, the better!)
Thank you! God bless you as you begin preparing for back-to-school! Can you believe it’s just right around the corner?! Wow! How quickly this summer is flying by …