Kindergarten at Home?

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I realized today that I have to start thinking like a Kindergarten teacher.

Not just one of those teachers who used to let you eat paste – one of those teachers who made you think and explore and who made you look at the world a bit differently than your five or six year old brain was used to perceiving things.

Here’s the deal.

I consider myself to be analytical – sometimes so analytical to be off-putting . I’ve looked at both of my kids and have weighed their strengths and weaknesses and realize that Ollie is slowly coming into his own. He’s your classic precocious two year old.  He wants to build and draw and deconstruct and then look at you and cry because he broke “it” and can’t quite figure out how to fix “it”.

Cara, on the other hand, has become this other thing. This MORE thing. This almost person thing.

She not only demands you show her HOW to fix what she’s broken but she also demands and explanation as to why it broke in the first place and how you plan on fixing said thing.

Crayons and paper are WAY below this kid. Trust me. I’ve tried. Well, that’s not exactly true. She’s fine with crayons and paper but expect to get back paper with stick figures that have “babies in their uteri” – creepy stick figure babies.

Tucker and I have talked about sending her to some sort of daycare/pre-school program but we’re pretty sure Oliver would lose it right now. Any change in his routine tosses him into a tailspin and it takes the majority of the day to get him back to good. Cara seems attached to him as well but she’s itching to do something.

Homemade Play-Doh satisfies her for a while and exploring the trail next to our house helps; we’re determined to wear them both out every night before bed. Other than that I seem to be at a loss right now as to what I should do. I guess I’ll be looking at the bookstore in Montessori style books for ideas.

Are your kids like this? Do you have this same issue? I’d love to hear what you’re doing to help curtail kid boredom in a kid who isn’t quite ready for school and isn’t happy with what you’re offering them.



  1. I wish we lived closer. Cara and Deacon are very similar.

    We go to a one day/week preschool-ey type program where I can stay too. You should look into that in your area. Might help Oliver with his routine while helping Cara get some extra things that she needs.

    We also do skating and hockey. It really helps him do something that is difficult and physical and a totally different activity than the academic type stuff that he is craving right now. It’s a different outlet but still stimulating.

    I let him use the internet although Nick Jr. games aren’t really cutting it anymore so I really need to find something else (ideas?).

    Tons of books. Books, books, books. He is reading so this is a good thing for him to do.

    I don’t know. I’m sort of lost too. Looking forward to the replies. At least he starts school next year, he meets the cutoff date.

  2. Hei. That’s kid, what would we expect. This is when their time is play and sleep and play and sleep and play. You can’t force him to be good kid.

    At home, I gave my kid freedom. I let him do whatever he want (with me besides him off course, just to make sure mothing is destroyed ;)).

    Let him do that while we teach him what’s good and what’s wrong…

    You know, we all kid at first and at that time, play is our only job.

  3. Heather Schaeffer says:

    Internet idea: starfall.com
    My son’s kindergarten teacher gave us this site and my kids love it. You might check it out.


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