Saturday, July 9, 2016

Anxiety over whether I am properly preparing my child for the next school year...



I was looking at the calendar yesterday and I just can't seem to believe that we are already into the month of July. Before we know it, it will be time to prepare for back to school. This time of year I always get severe anxiety over whether or not my kiddo is adequately prepared for the next year.

I worry... and I worry some more, and I continue to worry. I just love my little guy so much and I want him to love school and I want his teachers to adore him as much as I do. Every year I set up meetings with his new teacher to share what works and what doesn't with my son. I do this in hopes that it will help ease his transition into the next grade.

There are so many rigorous academic standards that are placed on kiddos at such an early age. Standardized tests and quarterly progress monitoring begins at such an early age. My child struggles with communication, especially with processing language. This makes math especially difficult for my child. He does much better when instructions are simplified and re-worded for better understanding. I worry over whether or not simple tasks are always being re-worded for better clarity for my kiddo. I don't want him to struggle. I want him to love school. It breaks my heart to think that school will be challenging for my child. He is in school 6 hours a day for 180 days a year. I want him to enjoy this time... I don't want him to dread going to school.

I work with my son regularly on academics. I do this because I want the more difficult academic tasks to be easier for him. I want him to be able to focus on attention and self-regulation rather than having to focus on attention and self regulation in addition to having to process the complexities of everything that goes into having to master new academic standards.

I love my child with every breath that I have. I would do anything for him! I just so desperately want him to have a successful 1st grade year. I pray that his new teacher and his new specialists will adore him just as much as I do.

1 comment:

  1. I completely understand your fear. I'm the same with my little guy. I want his mind sharp so he can focus on the other stuff.

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