I received a phone call from a sweet friend. She was feeling the pressure to do a lot of “school” with her 4 1/2 year old. But, every time that she tries to sit down with her son, he stalls and complains about it. Instead of being a time of learning and fun, it becomes a long-drawn-out war. She believes that her son has the ability to read but he simply doesn’t want to learn how to.
Can you relate? You feel the pressure as a Mom to make sure that your child is ready for Kindergarten. There may be other kids you know – the same age as your child – who are reading or adding and subtracting. You know, that same pressure you felt about crawling, walking, and potty training. Am I hitting home?
Before you start one day of preschool – whether you are using ABC Jesus Loves Me or not – keep it fun. If at anytime, these activities become long, tear-filled, and frustrating, it is time to stop. Try a new way to learn the same concept. Take a break. Sit down and talk to your child about their frustration. Also be sure to make sure what you are wanting your child to do is age appropriate.
For a preschooler, learning should be fun and incorporated into their day. So, free yourself of the pressure to spend hours “doing” preschool and enjoy these last one or two years before your baby starts Kindergarten!