So, when they brought back preschool Storytime at the Library, let's just say I was a little more than thrilled. In fact, I convinced him this was "his school!" Now, it really had nothing to do with the physical act of going to the library. After all, I don't check out books because I have so many I have yet to finish reading.... and since my husband got me a Kindle Fire for my birthday... I have even less time to put towards reading a physical library book. But my son likes going and choosing a special book for us to sit down and read together afterwards. And Storytime with a craft afterwards - that is an added bonus.
Last year I attempted to take him to Storytime and realized I was one of the bad parents. Ok - not really. But they say preschool Storytime is age appropriate for 3 years old and up. My son just turned 3 recently so we were a bit on the early side last year. However, I didn't really understand the importance of the age because I thought getting your children in front of a book, at any age, was important. After all, it was about teaching them to love books and stories!
So today as we sat in Storytime, I realized how incredibly insane it was in that very tiny room (and how grateful I was that I was not the one leading Storytime!) The noise level was through the roof and this was the library. I of course blame this on all the little kids under 3. See - that is why there is an age limit!! But the lady reading the story was nearly shouting at the top of her lungs just to try and be heard. My mind was swimming and I am pretty sure if Storytime was much longer, I might have gone mad!
So there is a kid over here that keeps adding there two cents into the story... there is a kid of here crying... there is a kid of here throwing a fit and a mom threatening to leave... and a kid over here trying to do the craft early... then there is my kid who refuses to participate. My mind was just spinning. But finally, after a round of "The Wheels on the Bus" and "The Hokey Pokey" (which my son refused to partake in as well), it was time to move on and do a craft.
Now my little boy is pretty particular about his coloring. Just a couple weeks ago he actually yelled at another child for scribbling over their entire page. Yet today, it seemed the parents were more into the craft than the kids, as they had basically taken away the paper and were coloring it themselves! I wonder if it is because they wanted to show off the craft project their child did? And then I wondered, when did we demand perfection on coloring from our preschool children?
So while I watch everybody around me, my son is getting down and dirty and concentrating really hard. Suddenly out of nowhere he yelled, "Holy Crap!" I think he colored outside of the lines. As the embarrassed parent of a swearing toddler I carefully looked around to assess the damage. Luckily, the noise level had yet to drop. Phew - I was safe and it was time to go.
By the end of it, I wasn't sure who Storytime was more for - the adults or the kids. The adults were actually more apt to participate in the songs and the stories than any of the kids, who stared ahead blankly as the moms and dads danced out the steps to The Hokey Pokey trying to get them involved.
My son, well, he growled at me and sat firmly glued to his chair when I encouraged him to participate. I am pretty sure those kids were thinking, "Who comes up with these songs!" And then when it came to craft time, the parents were the ones doing the coloring. I wonder why? This is a preschool craft after all and before they learn to be an artist, they need to learn to scribble.
So, even though I will continue to take my child to Storytime, I realize this needs to be more about him. The more I bring him, the more he will open up and start to interact. And frankly, he is proud of his scribbles that he brings home. For him, this is his school. And while I usually leave with a stress headache, this is just something we parents occasionally have to suffer through... and coloring our child's pictures will not make it go any faster!