margiesims.com - Faith. Funny. Life with Ten Kids.
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Upward.
The Power of Presence
Proms and Prayers
Me? Sick?
Captain Fun Strikes Again

Most Popular Posts

The Green Tennis Ball
My High Flying Tiger
A Good Sign
A Whole, Entire, Complete Day Off.
Proms and Prayers

Categories

Faith
Family
Fan (Book Reviews)
Food
Friends
Fun
Fundamentals
Funds (paying for college)

Archives

May 2017
April 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
May 2016
March 2016
February 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
September 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011

powered by

The Bloggy Mommy

Still Learning

Silas started preschool in January.  And while I have taken advantage of part time preschool on and off over the years, I have always felt that, if at all possible, my kids are better off at home with me until kindergarten.
 
Florida has a program called Voluntary Pre Kindergarten or VPK for short.  It's part of the public school system, so it's tax funded.  It's three hours a day M-F.  But because it is every day, I didn't even consider it at first.  Silas, after all, is better off at home with his mother.
 
Shortly after we moved into our neighborhood, Silas met a boy around the corner.  He and Kai became instant friends.  Si and Kai, I call them.
 
When school started this past fall, it did not take Silas long to discover that Kai went to VPK.  Every day.
 
"Mom, I want to go to VPK like Kai."
 
"Oh, honey, that is every day, and I don't think you are ready for school every day, are you?" 
 
"Yes."
 
All fall and through Christmas he pitched his case to me. And each time he said yes, he was ready for school on a daily basis.  Captain Fun agreed and often encouraged me to enroll him.  Then one morning shortly after Hope was born, I came downstairs.  Four year old Silas had a makeshift desk set up in the den, piled with papers.
 
He stood up, as if presenting his case like an attorney.  "Mom, I need to go to VPK.  I need to read their books and use their computer and play with their toys."
 
I started to speak, but he wasn't done.
 
"Kai goes to VPK, and he's still little.  And I need to go to VPK, too.  I don't need to wait until I'm bigger."
 
I felt I was depriving him.  He was right.  He needed school.
 
I put him in in January, delighted to discover that his teacher attended our church and regularly worked in Silas' class. 
 
Every day he comes home talking about something he's learned or a new friend he's made. Although we did school work just about every day before he started VPK,  I have to admit, he's much more content for the rest of the day after his morning at school.
 
It just goes to show that even after ten kids, you can still learn a thing or two.  Captain Fun knew Silas needed school.  Silas knew he needed school.  Even Mom Dot was in the "yes" camp.  And it certainly proves that even though kids have the same mom and dad, they are all individuals with different needs at different times. 
 
Being the mom of ten, I definitely have tried and true methods in raising my kids.  Some things I absolutely will not compromise on.  But I hope I will never stop learning to be open to new approaches. 
 
Even if I start to forget, I am certain my little lawyer Silas will be there to remind me.
 
 

6 Comments to Still Learning:

Comments RSS
Gillian Boice on Friday, April 13, 2012 10:47 AM
Margie, you are a delightful lady and spectacular mother. Keep blogging!
Reply to comment
 
margie on Friday, April 13, 2012 4:59 PM
thankyou, Gill! I will certainly keep blogging as long as you keep reading!


Debbie on Saturday, April 14, 2012 5:16 AM
It is so fun to watch them grow up and see how they handle their own kids too! Love you Smart Lady!
Reply to comment


allentown workers compensation attorney on Monday, June 04, 2012 12:35 PM
i enjoy reading your blogs and your decision about the kindergarten pre school
Reply to comment


karriere navigator on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:40 PM
It is good to know that you are still learning, and their is a saying learning has no age.
Reply to comment


IGCSE School in Kamptee on Monday, April 21, 2014 9:52 PM
the blog post is really the freshest on this noteworthy theme. I harmonize with your conclusions and will thirstily look forward to hear your coming updates. I will tell you something about education, who is the best principal in India. please visit our online website where you find the best IGCSE School in Kamptee & Nagpur, central india. The main object of the school is to provide quality education and is among the few World class school in Nagpur. Together the term Edify and its logo are the key elements in forming the child’s future. This recognized school in Kamptee, Nagpur, follows the CBSE pattern and is among the top international school in Nagpur.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint