Noah is now four years old.
Last year, I sent him to 3K at a preschool – for many reasons.
It was quite lovely.
This year, he is doing 4K at home – for many reasons. It will be lovely.
Dear God please let it be lovely.
We’re four weeks in, but that first week had a massive rollercoaster of emotions – for all involved. Herein lies the steps that a mother goes through when transitioning between homeschooling one very studious child and homeschooling two children, one of which is…not so studious.
1. Anticipation: The glee and excitement of First Day of School pictures. Because two students makes this opportunity so much more adorable!
Noah. Smile like a normal human. Ali. Look at me, not your alien-smile brother.
Hold your sign down. I can’t see your smile.
Thank you. Now smile.
Not bad. Hold your sign a little higher please.
I said a LITTLE.
Put your head down. Hold your sign up.
Okay fine. Good enough.
(Drops the Mic)
2. Excitement Building: The presentation, and following thrill, of the rewards sheet.
You, dear child, will get to earn REWARDS with your AWESOME school achievements!!
3. Realization: The adorable promise of a student doing their first assignment: this year is going to rock.
4. Darker Realization: the older child is going to have trouble paying attention when I’m talking to the younger child. How do teachers teach more than one child at a time? This seems completely impractical.
5. Shock: SECONDBORNS ARE SO MUCH LESS DEVOTED STUDENTS THAN FIRSTBORNS.
6. Baffledness: What does one do when the four-year-old realizes that he has the power within him to simply…not do school?
“Yeah, I’m not doing school today, Mom. It’s really just not fun.”
A dark power indeed.
7. Strategy Shift: FaceTime with Principal Daddy.
8. The Abomination of Convenient Memory.
“But I forgot how to do that.”
“You KNOW EXACTLY how to do this, son.”
“I weewy weewy forgot!”
“Eh, 4K isn’t that important. Right? He’ll be able to get a job…somewhere…without 4K.”
10. This Feeling. For Everyone.
We’re working on strategies to make school more fun and palatable for everyone. Educational iPad games are a big part of that, as they were for Ali at the age of four. He will live. As will I. Dear God please let me live through 4K.