Monday, February 20, 2012
Parenting 202: A Mixed Bag of Tricks
As I'm sure you can tell from the pictures, Jie Jie is growing! As fast as I can get used to one thing, something else comes up. Now I understand that all parents face this, but with the older adopted child, it happens at warp speed. I mean, that within a week, my child matures as fast as a birth child in a normal, happy home would in several months. This is "catching up" and it's happening at a very fast rate right now.
Jie Jie has outgrown my daycare. At first, it was perfect for her to be playing with 2-3 year olds. She fit right in size-wise, too. Now, she is bored and with with that comes mischief, though quite unintentional. For example, she wants to organize the play into games more appropriate for her age, not realizing that the kids are way too young, so she gets impatient with the ones that can't cooperate. She wants to build a lego city, while they want to put just a few pieces together.
She is ready for more school work and loves arts and crafts. But now we are reaching another level of school work that hits another level of knowing English and culture. This means that each little workbook exercise that most preschoolers or kindergardners can do on their own becomes a social studies, culture, or English lesson. This is all good,...but, I this means Jie Jie and I are together all the time. Sounds great, right? What about when the 8 year-old gets tired of mama's teaching and correcting?
I've given a lot of thought to this dilemma and will have a new plan. It starts tomorrow (uh oh, it's midnight, so it starts today!). Jie Jie will only join the daycare for circle time and one or two limited play times during the day. She will do art (mostly cutting and pasting since she needs the practice), workbook pages, reading lesson with mama, and, perhaps, a "recess" of playing alone upstairs with her own things on her own. Remember, her workbook lessons open new avenues for other subjects and daycare circle time offers a lot, too. Then there is Chinese school. Yes, it's definitely time, but finding the right program is tricky. I want more than recreational Chinese, I want Jie Jie to read, write and speak Mandarin, so it looks like real Chinese school, at the kindergarten level might be best. This week will be Research Week!
I'm also thinking that it's time for piano lessons. I never thought I'd go with the Suzuki method, but it might be best because of where Jie Jie is at when it comes to English and reading and writing. Any thoughts from you moms out there?