So back to the Kindy orientation... we get this package with all this information. You know the drill: don't bring peanut products to school, two different pairs of shoes (say what? two? - one for indoors and one for outdoors and one they come to school in is the extra), and of course all the skills they should know.
Now call me crazy but isn't the reason I'm sending them to Kindy is for them to LEARN a lot of this stuff? I'm not saying parent's shouldn't expose their kids to ABC's and 123's and whatnot ahead of time. But we all got the lecture on making sure our kids can hold a pencil properly (have they met my kids? They both have fine motor issues). The whole rigamaroll of what they'll be learning, apparently my kids should already know. Oh oh. All of a sudden I felt like the worst mom in the room. Am I the only one in there that hasn't been a drill sergent? I mean I read to the kids and stuff, but they don't know how to actually read. So does this mean mine will be the only kids that won't be able to? I'm having a panic attack - I feel suddenly like my children might be inadequate and that I'm a total slacker as a parent.
So my question is to you: how many of you are extremely dilligent in teaching these things to your children BEFORE you send them to school. Or are you more like me: they got a taste of most of it already - but they aren't exactly ready to pass Kindergarten on the first day? On top of this, I'm the Coordinator too. Someone please pass me a small brown paper bag - I'm starting to hyperventilate.