Ugh. Next year Boogie will be going to school. I secretly hoped he wouldn’t make the age cutoff. But he will just barely be old enough. And he always pretends he’s in school and asking when he can go for real. He’s so ready and so social and itching to learn and ask and play and have a real Teacher.
I kicked around the idea of homeschooling. I think I will always teach him at home. But, we’re public school people. My husband and I both agree that it’s the best way to go — for us. What better way to learn to be a part of society than to go to public school? He’ll meet so many different types of kids and be around other types of adults and learn ALL kinds of things. Many of which I’m sure I’ll wish he hadn’t. BUT, these will all be opportunities for learning, for discussion, for growth — for all of us.
I was initially sad and scared that my little boy is going to be away from me and around perfect strangers. But, he loves meeting new people. He loves discovering how other people do things differently than we do. He’s ready to jump into it. So, that makes me feel better. I can’t be selfish and keep him all to myself. I gotta let him go out and win the hearts of all of his future friends and teachers.
I am determined to savor every little moment from now until then. I will let the minor irritations and frustrations of raising an almost 4 year old roll off of me. I will play Ninja, build a fort. wrestle, play Hide and Seek, and play with play dough when asked. And I will remind myself that Kindergarten is only 3 hours per day. I can handle this.