Yesterday was parent-teacher interviews at the school. Both of the girls are doing really well in school for the most part. The only really negative thing that was presented to me was by Malia's kindergarten teacher. Apparantly Malia only knows 7 letters of the alphabet. And by "knows", I mean recognizes and knows what name belongs to which letter.
You can not imagine the Mommy guilt that has been plauge-ing me since finding that out. I know she is one of the younger kids in the class, with an October birthday. But Joelle's birthday is only 10 days earlier in the year and she has never had a problem keeping up with her class. Quite the opposite actually -- she's usually closer to the top. So I can't use that as an excuse. Especially since I know some 3 year olds who know more letters than my little miss.
I just haven't been spending enough time with her helping her learn some of her basics. And that has been hard for me to swallow. I have felt like a huge failure, let me tell you! But that all ends today. The last thing I want is for my daughter to start off her education by being behind -- especially on something that I could and should be helping her with.
So this afternoon I brought out these ABC flashcards and we got to work! I started simple -- only with A, B, C, D and E -- so as not to overwhelm her, and we had a great time.
At the beginning I could sense her frustration at not 'getting it', even though at the same time I could tell she was excited about what we were doing. But it was lots of fun watching her throughout the process and especially seeing the pride in her eyes as she started catching on to what we were doing.
I know she could also see the pride in my eyes and hear it in my voice as I told her what a great job she was doing. And I am determined to not let my daughter down anymore. We are going to stay on top of this and before Christmas break, she is going to know and recognize all 26 letters of the alphabet. That's a promise I take very seriously.
**If any of you know of ways to keep things fun and effective -- I'm all ears!**