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Is Kindergarten the Beginning of the End?

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Here I sit, not able to sleep, feelings of butterflies in my stomach. Feels just like the night before my first day of school, only it’s not my first day of school, it’s Miss A’s. Tomorrow Miss A starts her very first day of Kindergarten, and I am the one, losing sleep, having mixed emotions.

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I am thankful that God made me her mommy, and appreciative of all the time we’ve had to spend together, just her and I for several years. {I know I sound like she’s going off to college!} I’m so proud of her for being such a big girl, so smart, funny, and an awesome buddy, and I am truly going to miss her while she’s in school, {at least most of the time}.

I keep telling myself, and I really do believe that elementary school will be good for Miss A and allow her to learn even more, {my little sponge}, be even more independent from mom {and dad}, have a break from arguing over toys with sissy, and be in an awesome atmosphere that will allow her to grow mentally, physically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. I know these things, but as her mom my mind keeps thinking, “Kindergarten, it’s the beginning to the end.”

What does that mean?? Some part of me feels like her starting school will just perpetuate the years rapidly flipping past me forwarding to when she graduates from high school or even more-so, college. But I try to look at the awesome blessings I’ve had, especially by being able to stay at home. I have had the privilege to be with her for 99.75% of her life, which has been a lot of work every step of the way, but something I wanted to do with all my heart, and God provided a way with my husband’s hard work and job opportunities. I tell everyone I know, being a mom is the hardest, most rewarding job I have EVER had, and it’s so true, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

So if being able to be mommy first in my girls lives means that I’m a sobbing mess the night before they start Kindergarten, then I guess so be it. I’ll get over it, continue to enjoy our moments and watch Miss A grow and flourish, my little Kindergartener, but for now pass the tissues please!!

Thanks for letting me vent a little. I would love to hear from you, your experiences with Kindergarten.

How did you deal with your child’s first day of Kindergarten? Does it get better??

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Floor Easel Giveaway {CLOSED}

Melissa & Doug Art EaselLittle Miss A has always been a very artistic girl. Even from the time she started to draw she was creating faces with cheeks, ears, eyebrows, something you rarely see in young children, and she really has had a passion for it ever since.

We were lucky enough to try out the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel as pictured left. There are so many great things about Melissa & Doug that I love so I figured I would probably adore this “art center” as we like to call it.

First off, it was very simple to put together by myself, both kids were resting though so that helped for sure. The only small issue I had was that some of the pegs screw thread was covered by plastic, for the most part I could screw through but Melissa & Doug did send me a couple of replacement pegs right away.

The best thing about the Melissa & Doug Easel is that it’s so versatile. One side of the Easel features a white board with an open tray for crayons, markers, any art supplies you can think of, and the opposite side has an old-school green chalkboard with spots for paint jars and painting supplies. I also LOVED that I was able to adjust the height of the boards so that the easel can grow with my girls, not something that all toys do, but very important in my book. Read More

Testing for Kindergarten Review

Testing-for-KindergartenKindergarten has already begun for some children, but for others preparation is just beginning. Some parents prepare their children a few months in advance, others a year, and still others a couple of years, depending on where you live.

Testing for Kindergarten; Simple Strategies to Help your Child Ace the Tests for: Public School Placement, Private School Admissions, Gifted Program Qualification, by Karen Quinn is a must have for parents of pre-schoolers.

Karen Quinn knows first hand the struggles of preparing her children for schools and getting into the tough and sometimes “throw-down” competitive New York Schools, so she’s a pretty amazing source if you ask me. I’m just glad she wrote a book with all of these tips and tricks on school. Read More