We’re Celebrating Today

03 Sep

Today would have been my son’s first day of school.

Instead, he’s going to be at home, probably having a nap during the 2 hours he would have been at school. (Children go for 2 hours a day for the first 3 weeks). We’ll read some great stories, he’ll have his lunch, then snuggle under the covers for some much-needed rest. When he wakes up, he’ll be a bit grumpy, so I’ll cuddle him, read to him again, then he’ll be off playing.

He’s only 4 and he still takes naps; home is where he should be.

I told him this morning that today is the first day of school. He said, ‘But I’m not going…I’m homeschooled.’

It feels real now.

Still not sure when we’ll have our first, sort of ‘official’ day of school. We already do a lot of casual educational things as it is, but he is ready for a bit more structure (with those all-important naps worked in). It’s Ramadan (see post below) so we’re concentrating on religion right now, and I’ll need at least another month of planning, so maybe November. We’ll see.


Posted by on September 3, 2008 in Kindergarten, Schools, The importance of Play


3 responses to “We’re Celebrating Today

  1. michelle

    September 5, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Congratulations! Hope you have a great time homeschooling.

  2. Frankie

    September 5, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, starting school at age four — wow. Would that be similar to our preschools or kindergarten? And it’s mandatory to start that age there?

    I’m glad you’re homeschooling! Four year olds need to be home with their families! Your day sounds lovely.

  3. Michelle

    September 7, 2008 at 11:52 am

    It’s not mandatory (although many people here think it is), they can start at age 5, but the vast majority begin at 4. The reason for such an early start was to protect children from child labour (back in the day). Obviously it’s not an issue now, but this damaging tradition lives on. I think most parents WANT to get their kids in school and out of their hair. It’s a shame.


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