Anyone with kids knows, time flies. So that’s why, for years, I’ve been trying to prepare my daughter (and myself) for 4K. We’ve read books like “All You Need to Know Before You Start School,” bought a fun glittery backpack and pencil case. Even chose a special First Day of School outfit. But beginning virtual 4K in the fall of 2020? Let’s just say it didn’t go as expected.
Thus began 4K at home. Since my daughter didn’t know any differently, she was actually excited and took things in stride. She seemed to enjoy getting to know her classmates during virtual calls and interacted with them like an old pro. Even though I had a million worries going through my head, it seemed like there was nothing to worry about.
As week after week of 4K rolled on, a few things began to happen. First, I have a whole new appreciation for the amazing teachers out there who do this day in and day out. I never thought I’d have to also wear the hat of “teacher” in this crazy past year. I don’t know how you do it. But you do it with a smile, and you are saints.
Second, my daughter has surprised me with just how much she can learn in a short amount of time. It was amazing to see her learn to write her name, count, understand rhyming words. And also wonderful to see my youngest daughter, who is 3, absorb so much right alongside her.
As you might imagine, though, not everything about virtual 4K was seamless. It can be lonely at times. Both of our kids missed playgroups and time with friends. And there were days that I just flat ran out of steam. I’m a full-time mom, have a full-time job (that I work during nighttime hours), am responsible for cooking and cleaning, and still try to find time for friends, exercise, and personal hobbies. Simply put, I need a vacation that isn’t a staycation.
But after the year of zoom calls, going on virtual field trips, and singing along to Jack Hartman and other kids’ entertainers, this phase is coming to an end. I will miss the chance to see my daughter learn, but it’s time to move on.
As Dori famously says, “just keep swimming,” and that’s exactly what we did. We made the best of it. I don’t think I’ll ever take certain conveniences for granted again. Everyone will take away something different from this time, but I hope gratitude for the little things is one of the lasting ones that I learned from a year of virtual 4K.
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