I am continuously blown away by what my daughter has learned while she is at preschool. I don’t get as much time with her since I work all day, so she spends 10.5 hours with her teachers. In my mind, Zoey is still a tottering toddler, a little baby that I need to care for, dress, help go potty, brush teeth, bathe, swaddle… or maybe not. Here’s my reality check: she’s 3.5 years old. She’s not a baby anymore; she’s officially a “kid”, which she likes to remind me of about three times a day. “Mommy, I’m a girl and a kid. You’re a woman and a mom.”
She brings home papers every day that contain a variety of things, from matching colors and shapes to tracing her letters. Tracing her letters. Since when can she trace letters? And so well, too! I needed to see the action for myself so I had her sit down one day and I created a couple different alphabet tracing sheet for her, including one that was just for her name.
She. Did. Awesome. When did she get so big? So old?
At 3.5 years old, she can hold a pencil better than I thought she could. She can almost perfectly recite her ABCs. She can count to 20, although sometimes she confuses 17 for 14 and might skip 18. Not only that, but she visually recognizes most of those numbers, too. She can sing songs and nursery rhymes that I didn’t even know she knew. She’s starting to really recognize what days come after each other.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to teach her all those things.
Sure, I work with her on them, but getting to spend hardcore time just diving into teaching? We don’t get to do that very often outside of life teachings like cooking and how to do puzzles. I can take credit for teaching her to remember her address. For the most part, I try to just reinforce the things she learns in preschool and I try to remind myself that it’s okay that these teachings didn’t originate from me, this is what I pay other people for and it’s not just babysitting.
It’s mind blowing what they learn at different ages. I am so glad that she’s in such a great program where she is learning all day and not just watching TV. She is learning, hardcore, and she’s good at it. I’m pretty sure that when I was 3.5 years old, I wasn’t half as accomplished as she is right now.
I know that as she gets older, it’ll only become more astonishing to experience the things she learns. Eventually, someone will fully teach her math and science, which is where I completely fall short anyway. When she gets into English and grammar, that is when I will become super mom and I absolutely cannot wait. I can’t wait for her to have homework.
I’m sure some of you just said, “excuse me?”
You read that right. I am ready for her to have homework. Why? Because it will force me to invest more time in the formal educational side of raising her. I want to be more hands on with her teachings and until the day comes where I can homeschool, if ever, homework is where I will get my moment. Obviously, there are opportunities around every corner for learning something, but when it comes to the book smarts, I’m not the one who leads that right now, so I am continuously blown away by what she is learning that clearly did not come from me. I want that to change.
What about you, moms? What is your child learning in school that blows your mind?