I enrolled my toddler in a summer school. I’d like to ready him for schooling on June. Summer class is supposed to be short (one month) and sweet. I’d like Adi to learn how to socialize with other kids his age (3 and a half).
My eldest child was the one who brought him to school this morning so I have no idea yet about his day at the school. (I’m excited to go home to hear it from him).
To motivate him to go to school, I bought him a Cars-designed bag, Ben Ten covered notebook and 24-colors crayon. (He’s fine with 8-colors crayon, actually). I lectured him about what to expect in school and how to behave in front of his teachers and classmates. (As if he could grasp all of my lectures!)
The toddler was excited to go to school; he was holding his bag most of the time last night. This morning, he ate breakfast with me because he thought that working people and students SHOULD eat breakfast. While I was dressing up for work, he knocked on my door and asked if I would dress him up for school. I told him that his Ate would be the one to dress him up. The toddler patiently waited for his elder sister at the sala.
I realize that kids today are much smarter than kids of yesteryears. The emotional intelligence and independence of kids today are much higher than the kids of my time. (I still had separation anxiety until 10 years old!) On the other hand, older people think that we are exposing our children to stress at an early age. If my grandmother were still alive, she would have criticized me for sending my 3 and a half to school because being a teacher, she should know better that kids of that age are still babies emotionally. But this is the system that has been going on for the past decade; sending kids to nursery, then to kindergarten, then to pre-school before the formal primary school begins. Being a working mother, I belong to a generation wherein parents expect the school to teach our kids the alphabet and numbers.
Will home-schooling be an option should my toddler decide that he’s too young for a regular school? I don’t know. But I will give him the opportunity to explore and learn new things in nursery class; should he feel deprived of his liberty to play and have fun, then I’ll cross the bridge when I get there.