In one of the comments to my Week In Review post, Vicky who is both a bloggy and an IRL friend asked if I think that Smarty is challenged appropriately in her kindergarten. It prompted me to ask Smarty a few questions:
- Me: Is Kindergarten difficult?
- Smarty (giggling): No, kindergarten is not difficult?
- Me: Is it boring?
- Smarty (surprised): No, it’s not boring! Kindergarten is great!
- Me: Are you learning anything new?
- Smarty : I don’t know… I guess so.
- Me: Is it challenging?
- Smarty Umm… Maybe only in writing. It’s great.
However, she is still challenged. Not so much academically, but physically, socially and emotionally. The oldest child in her class has just turned 7, and Smarty is not even 5 yet. Emotional and social maturity and competence are as important and require as much practice as academic competence. Smarty has enough puzzles to sort out observing and interacting with her classmates and with even older kids in her afterschool. What’s important to me is that she is happy, bubbling with positive energy and has desire to “hit the books”, so to speak when she comes home. She writes voluntarily, mostly the list of things she wants to do, she asks for math worksheets, and she plays school sometimes with her stuffed animals, especially her music lessons. Since I never planned to raise a child who will be ready for college by 12, I am very happy that she enjoys a regular neighborhood school so much. I can only hope that her enthusiasm and good cheer will stay on with her as she goes through her school years.