As with any mother I want the best for my children.
Over the last couple of years I had to make decisions about Lulu's education, and eventually I made the decision to hold her back. Her birthday is in January and now she will turn six the year she starts school, which means:
# She will be one of the oldest in her class
# She will turn the same age each year as her peers (well most of them)
She doesn't realise at this stage that she could be at school already. I made the decision when it was time to start 3 year old kinder, so she has never 'repeated' and therefore no questions were asked.
However as all her 'mothers group' friends started school and she did not, I felt there was no harm in continuing to encourage her learning. She was starting to question the letters of the alphabet and wanting to learn.
So after a little investigation I enrolled her and my son Tom in a reading program.
The more I think about the job that lies ahead for early learning teachers, the more I realise and accept that my children learning to read will be determined by how much we as parents put in.
I can't even begin to fatham how one teacher, teaches 20+ children to read (or start reading) over the first year at school.
However my mum has questioned my decision to encourage this learning. She is concerned that they might get bored in the classroom when the group are learning things they already know.
As I talk to more and more mums I'm finding that many children are participating in literacy based pre-school programs. And it got me thinking, what about those who don't do this?
Suddenly in a society where famillies are busy running around from one activity to the next, are we over doing it?
Are we putting too much pressure on the remainder of society, who may not be able to provide this extra curricular activity for their children?
I know I need to think about what is right for my children and nuturing their needs, but are programs like these simply widening the learning gap?
I am interested to hear what you think, as I wonder is this the new normal, part of preparing for starting school?
It's Tuesday so I'm linking up with Diary of a SAHM