My older son (OS) turned 5 at the beginning of this month. However, here the cutoff is September 1 meaning he is in pre-kindergarten this year instead of kindergarten. Before you start to tell me that it's really such a shame or perhaps I should consider private kindergarten, let me say that we think it's great. I was thrilled not to have to make the decision as to whether to hold him back. Honestly I do think it's for the best. After all, everyone in my family including myself just missed the cutoff too.
This means though that OS is old enough to do some after school activities that are normally reserved for kindergartners. One of them is Tae Kwon Do. The studio that we selected requires kids to be 5. When we went for the first class, I wasn't sure what to expect much less what to tell OS. I ended up very pleased. First of all, unlike some of the other activities OS has done like swim lessons, (and this is being said as a former swim instructor), the kids are moving the entire time. In swimming, the kids have their turn and then wait at the wall. In OS's class, they ran around the room darting through cones. When they reached the instructor they did their kick. After doing that for a while, they would move onto another activity where the kids would move around even more. OS was sweaty by the end. I was also pleased that we don't have to commit to a particular day. We pay per week and then can just show up at any of the times his level is offered. I've been told constant activitity and flexible scheduling are common with martial arts.
Both OS and I have been happy with his experience with Tae Kwon Do so far. Of course that did lead me to a new parenting dilemna: how do my husband and I manage to make dinner when his level meets right around dinner time? I guess it's time to pull the crock pot back out so we don't have to do what I did last week: order a pizza from the studio to pick up on the way home! I overheard another mom doing it.
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