Guest blogger Dani Klein Modisett: My boy started kindergarten a few weeks ago. Turns out it's going to be a learning experience for both of us.
Unlike his developmental preschool (read: all play and hope they end up learning by instinct), his new school is highly academic. He has 45 minutes of homework a night. Mostly it involves tracing numbers, learning to recognize letters that form the word for a color and then coloring a flower or a bird that color. Pretty basic. To watch him struggle through it, you would think he was deciphering Morse code. The first few days were painful. For me. I wanted to grab the pencil out of his small hand.
Come on, let's move this along ! How hard can it be to stack a couple of o's on each other and call it an eight for god's sake?! I don't know where I was rushing to. Even after all these years of living, my impatience is always at the ready to undermine the value of an experience.
Fortunately, I haven't ripped any writing implements out of my son's hands yet. I have even come to appreciate our work time together. I make him laugh when he writes outside the lines and cheer him on when he says he couldn't possibly write his name in lower case letters like they are asking him to do AGAIN. I am actually enjoying this time now. Beats watching "Star Wars" for the 900th time.
|Dani Klein Modisett is the mother of 1-year-old Gideon (pictured) and 5-year-old Gabriel. She is comedy writer/creator/producer of the show "Afterbirth...stories you won't read in Parents magazine." An anthology of stories from this show will be published by St. Martin's Press, in stores in May 2009.|