Nicholas is at a difficult age. Well, let’s be honest, sometimes it seems as if all his ages are difficult, but what I am talking about is his September 29 birthday. We could start kindergarten this year, but I don’t feel like he’s quite ready, emotionally. He’s definitely still “incarnating” in Waldorf-speak. On the other hand, he definitely has a desire to “do school” like his big brother and big sister. What to do, what to do…
I asked him what he wanted to learn about this year and, bless his heart, he said “Nursery Rhymes”. Since I traditionally do fairy tales in kindergarten, I was really excited by the idea of framing his nursery school year in nursery rhymes!
Granted, with a big brother in year four, a big sister in year two, and a baby brother toddling around, he’s not going to get tons of play. But it will give me a framework for putting things out he can do on his own, songs to sing, stories and books to display.
I’m also a sucker for cumulative projects, so we’re going to create a Mother Goose Table. It will be sort of like a nature table, but we’ll add some sort of homemade craft to represent the nursery rhyme each week. I just need to figure out where to put it.
I did decide to let him start with the kindergarten math program. However, we’re totally ditching the worksheets and instead working the concepts around the nursery rhyme theme. I sat down today and picked a rhyme for each week. Mostly they were Mother Goose Rhymes, but I did choose a few from Catch Me and Kiss Me and Say It Again as well.
I’m going to add our Nursery School Nursery Rhyme to the sidebar each week, and will definitely keep you all up to date on what we’re doing.