This link is for an article answering the question ‘What Should a 4 Year Old Know?’ asked by a typically anxious parent. I love the article’s answers and furthermore think they apply equally well to my 8 year old, mud pies and all. This comes as no surprise to all those who know me as a big fan of ‘delayed academics’.
September announces ‘back to school’. I am slightly dreading again being out of step with the rest of Society. In the summer, schoolers act like homeschoolers and vice versa and it’s a bit of a relief to not be the odd one out in the playground on a weekday morning or the supermarket on a weekday early afternoon or museum or anything else that you care to think of that isn’t school. It’s nice to see schoolers letting their hair down metaphorically so that my son’s actual long hair doesn’t seem to stand out quite so much! But this ‘going against the grain’ is very character-building for all of us in the family. And it’s absolutely great to know that we have plenty of time to do the things that all kids should know by the time they’re 4 i.e. play mud pies, build Lego, throw glitter about with abandon and read tons of stories together. I need to remember that next time I get asked, “Why aren’t they in school?” Sigh!