In late August Massimo will be entering Kindergarten. The Kindergarten of today is no longer a half day schedule, but it is a long day from about 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Pretty soon we will be saying goodbye to our carefree unstructured days. Our morning routine of no routine will be but a distant memory.
I am happy about Massimo’s new adventure and new beginnings, but I feel that the next couple of months will be the last hurrah for the lazy, carefree moments.
If we decided to send Massimo to the Magnet School, we will have to leave our house by 7:30 a.m. to make it to the 8:00 a.m. start of the school day. That means that our household will have to get up before 6:30 a.m.
Also, schools of today are very structured and there is a de-emphasis from play so Massimo will have to learn a new way of being and thinking.
At the present our mornings consists of no urgency to wake up. There is no need to get the kids dressed and fed immediately. We do not have to be in the car and ready to leave at a specified hour.
Even Michael is part of our lazy mornings since he does not have to get to work until about 10:30 a.m. This enables all of us to avoid the morning grind and commuting in traffic.
Our days start lazily and they end lazily. The unstructured days, are the gifts that I am glad I am able to give my kids, even if it is just temporary. When you have no urgency to do anything or go anywhere, you can really just “be at the moment” and enjoy yourself.
Thank you for letting me share! I hope you have a wonderful day!
(Note: We redshirted our son last year and sent him to Pre-K 4 instead of Kindergarten. It wasn’t so that he would have an academic edge over other kids. From the beginning my husband and I felt that kids only have one chance to be kids. What’s the rush of sending them to school early? In the end all of us learn how to socialize and do the academic stuff.
The time my son was away from formal schooling he was able to just have fun and be a kid.)