Thursday, February 24, 2011

MY CHILD'S EDUCATION. A WHOLE NEW WORLD.


Thanks to my four year old boy, I'm now a Kinder Mum. And since three weeks ago, it meant before I knew it, I had entered a whole new world of attending family picnics, school functions, kinder duty, attending incursions and excursions, and so much more.

This week, I think I've finally infiltrated the new world that is My Child's Education. On Sunday, at the Old Fashioned Family Picnic, it was nerve-wrecking as I didn't know a soul, hubby was away for work, and after smiling at everyone and introducing myself for what seemed like forever (okay, perhaps really only half an hour) I wondered if I would actually strike up an actual conversation with anyone. And then relief - another mum arrived on her own. Boy, was she relieved to see someone exactly like me. Of course, we all had a fabulous time after the bonding three legged race and a great game of tug-of-war. Plus, kids have a way of breaking the ice for everyone.

And today, after kinder duty, I learnt so much about my child (and about four year olds in general), I thought it was worth sharing:
  1. Pictures speak a thousand words (plus pictures are so much more practical if you can't read).
  2. Twenty children can actually be quiet if all you do is point to your ear.
  3. Four year olds don't need much to entertain themselves in four hours.
  4. Plus, it doesn't need to be high maintenance: story time, inside play, outside play, eating and singing. All broken up into half hour intervals. Perfect.
  5. You can make anything out of a piece of ribbon and a cereal box.
  6. If you give an outline of what's going to happen up front, it can save much heartbreak.
  7. Children get along so much better when their parents aren't around. Their manners even come back from holidays.
  8. A one year old can have as much fun as the four year olds - for half the amount of time.
  9. I'm gobsmacked that my child isn't comatose after his kinder session.
  10. I realised that I probably should have done my early learning teaching degree.
Because, today I had the best time.

And how about you? Have you entered this whole new world of kindergartens and schools? Or have you begun another whole new chapter in your life? How about something more simple, like a new recipe? I sure look forward to hearing about what you tried/learnt this week. Don't forget to link up below with your blog post and visit other 'tryers'. Why not share the love?

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