My younger son turned five a few weeks ago. He is currently in preschool and is very excited to be starting Kindergarten in August. So much so that after every holiday we’ve had this year he’s asked if he is starting school now.
On Sunday evening as the boys went to bed, all ready to go back to school after Spring break the following day, he piped up:
Mummy, I’m starting Kindergarten tomorrow aren’t I?
No, sweetheart, after the summer holidays! (mummy said for about the hundredth time!)
He loves to learn, and when his brother is doing his homework he often asks for homework of his own (I know, I know, it won’t last!). He likes to draw and practice his writing, but he loves to do sums.
I came downstairs the other day to find that he had been doing sums with his dad and brother. After my husband had written out a set of numbers for him to copy, he started to do sums.
4+3=7; 5+5=10; 8+8=17 (close :) and back to front, but hey, still pretty good!)
But, what really impresses me is
400+300=700; 100+100=200; 300+300=600
He can count to one hundred and understands that adding tens and hundreds is the same as adding ones (or apples or bananas!).
I’m very impressed and super proud of him. Not just that he can do this, but that he wants to. I remember when my 7yo was this age, and getting excited about starting school… I’m fairly certain that he didn’t ask to do maths problems!
He’s is so curious and considered. He thinks things through and is as likely to ask how? as why?
Yesterday he wanted to know how the wheels on the buggy worked, I got as far as the word axle before he had exclaimed, in his usual fashion…
I know, there’s a tube connecting the wheels which is tight enough to hold the wheels but loose enough to let them move!
Not a bad explanation for a five year old :)
This morning he came bounding in to the bathroom (will they ever knock?) and said mummy, four plus five equals nine! and then bounded out again…
I truly hope that this excitement and love of learning continues. And, although the questions can get frustrating when you’re trying to get things done (!) I try very hard to stop and answer, to not stifle this wonderful enthusiasm.
He’ll be doing algebra next :)