K is for Kinder

K is for Kinder

Did you know that our word Kindergarten is from German? Literally translated it means Children Garden. The original Kindergartens were designed as a place for pre-school children to play and grow. The word itself pictures the natural growth of childhood in a nurturing environment.

I remember my year in Kindergarten as being so much fun. I did learn to read, and I’m pretty sure I learned to count, and I definitely remember all the cool toys we got to play with, the playground, and the fun performance we got to put on for our parents at the end. Oh, and I loved my teacher, she was so sweet, and learning was so much fun.

And that’s what I think of Kindergarten and all the pre-school years. They should be years of fun, wonder, and nuture. Years where my children grow without the pressures of growing up. Like little flowers in a garden. To be carefully tended, loved, taught, and encouraged to bloom. You can’t make a flower bloom any faster by opening it up yourself, you have to wait. And just like flowers, each child will bloom when they’re ready. And not all will bloom at the same time.

I’m reminded of this line from Mulan – My, my, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one’s late! I bet when it blooms, it will be most beautiful of all” by Fa Zhou – I provide all the nuture, care, attention, training, teaching, etc. and my children will bloom when they’re ready.

So, let your children be children. Let them enjoy being children. Because childhood is so magical, and so short.

 

(10) Comments

  • Jessica
    22 Mar 2016

    YES!!! This is something I worry about when my son starts school in a few years – that he won’t have enough time in kindergarten to just be a kid! He’ll bloom when he blooms!!!

  • Liz
    22 Mar 2016

    I remember it as a fun year too. There was gentle learning but it was completely housed in fun. It’s a different world now for sure.

  • Laci
    22 Mar 2016

    Love this different way of thinking very neat.

  • Kim S
    22 Mar 2016

    I like this…especially since my children are not of school age yet. I’ll remember to let them come into their own and not pressure them.

  • Emily
    22 Mar 2016

    I wish I could go back and live in kindergarten for the rest of my life haha.

    • admin
      22 Mar 2016

      That would be awesome! I loved Kindergarten!

  • candy
    21 Mar 2016

    Mulan has it right. Those beginning learning years should be fun.

  • Dia All The Things I Do
    21 Mar 2016

    I love Mulan! This is such a beautiful way to think off education.

    • admin
      22 Mar 2016

      Mulan is one of my favorites!

  • Michelle Rogers
    21 Mar 2016

    What a beautiful sentiment. I agree, kindergarten should be fun and magical. I hate that we as a society put so much pressure on our young children so early on these days. My kids’ kindergarten and elementary school years were a far cry from the much more carefree ones from my childhood.

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