At the beginning of summer break, I made a nice list of things I wanted to accomplish, not just for me personally, but for the whole family–places to go, things to do around the house, kid-related goals, large purchases. I am happy to report that most of the things on that list have gotten marked off. Clean garage–done. Power-wash house–done. Attend St. Louis baby shower–done. But there remains one item on the list that has yet to be marked off: prepare for kindergarten.
While this goal of sorts is more on-going than a one time deal, it’s just not happening. At all. In the spring I had purchased these workbooks, “Everything Your Kindgergartner Needs to Know about____” and had all of the best intentions of working through them, a couple of pages a day. It didn’t need to be a long drawn out process, but something more like 10-15 minutes a day. It’s not happening. The workbooks still smell brand-new, but they’re collecting dust. Embarrassing.
Last week, I took myself to the local teacher’s store. Loved every minute of being there. A bit overwhelming at times, but chock (ot is it “chalk?!”) full of great products that awakened my inner teacher. Fifty-plus dollars later I left with an arm-load of numeracy activities, rhyming games, literacy beach balls (?!) , cute pencils (to serve as rewards for completing a workbook page, of course!)and a box of photographic flashcards for high-frequency words. I couldn’t wait. I was as giddy as a school girl ready to tackle some pre-kindergarten readiness teaching.
But it hasn’t happened. I have no excuses. I’m a loser parent. Instead, the high-frequency words around our house of late have been, “use nice words,” “Work it out, you two,” “You’re wearing me out,” “that’s a time out,” “I need you to focus.”…..Blah. I can’t take it anymore. I don’t want to sit down at the kitchen table and play teacher with them. I don’t even want to play the rhyming game, which is sort of disguised as a fun board game. No way. I just want to hide. I want to curl up in my leather chair, pop in some ear plugs, and read a juicy book. I want Calgon to take me away. Now.
I know there will come a time when I am ready to break into the flashcards, but for now, I am just fried.
And that’s what’s in my brain today, July 8 2010.