A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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You can learn a lot from a dummy
Wednesday, 6 Apr, 2011 – 12:25 | Comments Off
You can learn a lot from a dummy

I wish I could track down everyone who, two years ago, was ready to label Boots a mental midget just because Big Guy was doing well in kindergarten.
“Gosh, I hope Boots isn’t dumb,” was the …

The birds and bees and ABCs
Friday, 21 Jan, 2011 – 14:37 | Comments Off
The birds and bees and ABCs

My only consolation as I read the note from Boots’ teacher is that he wasn’t the one in trouble this time.
Please talk to your children about not having boyfriends and girlfriends at school, she wrote. …

A candy land curriculum for math
Saturday, 2 Oct, 2010 – 9:22 | Comments Off
A candy land curriculum for math

Seeing that I’d already compromised my principles a year ago by using “fruit” snacks to help Big Guy learn to add and subtract, I had no ethical problem whatsoever with sending Boots to hell in …

If you think school isn’t hard enough, go to kindergarten
Friday, 3 Sep, 2010 – 12:30 | Comments Off
If you think school isn’t hard enough, go to kindergarten

I’m confused. Genuinely perplexed, as opposed to the fake puzzlement I sometimes try to pull on the guys. As in, “I just don’t understand why you thought it was a good idea to cut gaping …

Boots and the really cool rainbow pointer
Tuesday, 24 Aug, 2010 – 14:45 | Comments Off
Boots and the really cool rainbow pointer

Boots came home excited to show me what he’d bought at school, and I was excited, too. I’d wondered all day what he would pick.
“Do they have Thomas books?” he’d asked that morning.
“I didn’t notice, …

Big boys ride the bus
Tuesday, 17 Aug, 2010 – 14:53 | Comments Off
Big boys ride the bus

He trundled to the bus stop less than a football field’s length from our back door, waddling slightly from the balk of a backpack a tad to big for him. He clutched a sheath of …

Forget the ‘writing’ part in reading, writing and ‘rithmetic
Sunday, 26 Jul, 2009 – 23:46 | One Comment
Forget the ‘writing’ part in reading, writing and ‘rithmetic

It was a year-long battle with Big Guy in which the forces of good finally prevailed when he brought his writing up to kindergarten standards on his last report card.
Technically, it was a two-year battle …

Introducing the Class of 2022
Wednesday, 24 Jun, 2009 – 10:36 | Comments Off
Introducing the Class of 2022

They’ve learned to count to 100, by single digits as well as by 5s and 10s.
They’ve learned the sounds that all the letters make, thanks in part to a lovely little alphabet song to the …

Breaking out on his own at age 5
Friday, 12 Jun, 2009 – 10:16 | Comments Off
Breaking out on his own at age 5

I’m not supposed to be here.
I’m supposed to be at a museum 45 miles away, watching 80 kindergarteners ooh and aah over helicopters and fire trucks while they occasionally pay attention long enough to learn …

Homemade is best – except at school
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 1:17 | 9 Comments
Homemade is best – except at school

My eyes turned pea green with a world-class case of baking envy tonight when I saw the darling treats a friend had made for her daughter’s birthday celebration at school.
Elizabeth over at Parenting Pink and …

Teacher Big Guy’s classroom
Tuesday, 31 Mar, 2009 – 11:36 | Comments Off
Teacher Big Guy’s classroom

If I play my cards right, I won’t have to lift a single flash card to get Boots ready for kindergarten.
He and his brother will take care of it. And they’ll even think it’s fun. …

When a friend abandons you
Friday, 20 Mar, 2009 – 11:39 | Comments Off
When a friend abandons you

From the second he started  kindergarten, Big Guy gravitated toward Best Buddy.
By the end of the first day, they already knew each other’s names – an accomplishment when you’re not quite 5 and faced with …

Nightly homework hassles v one big lump of torture
Thursday, 12 Mar, 2009 – 11:42 | Comments Off
Nightly homework hassles v one big lump of torture

Six and a half months into kindergarten, it turns out that I’ve had Big Guy on the wrong approach to homework the whole time.
That’s what Best Buddy says, and if Best Buddy says it must …

Epiblogue: The field trip comes back to school
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 11:37 | 4 Comments
Epiblogue: The field trip comes back to school

For months, Big Guy had asked when his broccoli would come.
His class had planted seedlings during a Halloween visit to a family farm. We visited the plant a few times – the row was marked …

Talking his way into trouble epiblogue: Recess returns!
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 11:30 | Comments Off
Talking his way into trouble epiblogue: Recess returns!

When we last left Big Guy, he was struggling mightly to keep his mouth shut and avoid losing recess time at school. He had brief spurts of success, but largely it was a problem that …

Play’s the thing when it comes to early learning
Tuesday, 17 Feb, 2009 – 1:03 | Comments Off
Play’s the thing when it comes to early learning

You’re a conscientious objector to flash cards and Brainy Baby videos, but a tiny portion of your brain fears you’ve doomed you kid to life in a dunce cap.
You titter to yourself when parents complain …

Big Guy keeps talking his way into trouble
Monday, 9 Feb, 2009 – 11:31 | Comments Off
Big Guy keeps talking his way into trouble

Big Guy simply cannot keep his mouth shut. It’s part of his charm, but also part of his downfall.
It keeps landing him in trouble at school, too, and Chatty  Charlie that he is, he always …

Seeing stars and learning lessons about how to learn
Tuesday, 27 Jan, 2009 – 11:28 | Comments Off
Seeing stars and learning lessons about how to learn

Big Guy had big news Friday that he couldn’t wait to share the second Boots and I came to pick him up.
He told other parents on the way home. He told cousins and aunts and …

Shouting – but not with joy – at going back to school
Tuesday, 6 Jan, 2009 – 11:23 | Comments Off
Shouting – but not with joy – at going back to school

I panicked and nearly froze Sunday night.
Let’s see … how exactly do I do this?
I think we need a lunch box, on the off chance Big Guy decides to eat at some point Monday. His …

The anti-homework homework works for Big Guy
Thursday, 18 Dec, 2008 – 12:32 | Comments Off
The anti-homework homework works for Big Guy

Don’t tell Big Guy’s teacher, but I tossed the “suggested homework” list shortly after it walked through the door at the end of the semester.
Halfway through kindergarten, I’m officially sick of homework even though I …

Mt. Homework will only get steeper — oh, great!
Tuesday, 2 Dec, 2008 – 13:51 | 2 Comments
Mt. Homework will only get steeper — oh, great!

As of this moment, I will cease and desist griping about the amount of homework Big Guy is assigned.
OK, except for the occasional gripe about its busy-work nature. And I’ll sometimes whine that its focus …

Why our kids struggle in math: It all adds up
Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2008 – 15:07 | Comments Off
Why our kids struggle in math: It all adds up

Am I smarter than a fifth-grader? Jury’s still out on that, but I did flunk sixth-grade math last night.
Big Guy’s cousins came over after school, and everyone decided to do their homework immediately instead of …

Did the pilgrims eat peanuts and how long can I stall on finding out?
Monday, 17 Nov, 2008 – 23:31 | 4 Comments
Did the pilgrims eat peanuts and how long can I stall on finding out?

I’m still a relative novice at this kindergarten game, but thanks to Big Guy’s July start, I’ve been doing it long enough now to know Monday is the Day The Backpack Brings Bad News.
Two weeks …

9to5to9: The creeping crud’s creeping around
Thursday, 6 Nov, 2008 – 1:12 | Comments Off
9to5to9: The creeping crud’s creeping around

It’s coming. I’m headed toward it just as sure as the constant snotterfall has rubbed Big Guy’s tiny nose raw.
Any day now, I’ll have to decide whether Big Guy should miss his first day of …

The field trip
Saturday, 1 Nov, 2008 – 0:57 | Comments Off
The field trip

If you have to be in school on Halloween, what better way to spend the day than at the pumpkin patch?
From the excitement of a ride on a school bus to the thrill of picking …

9to5to9: Big Guy’s glory, Mommy’s migraine
Monday, 27 Oct, 2008 – 23:39 | Comments Off
9to5to9: Big Guy’s glory, Mommy’s migraine

It’s an honor Big Guy has coveted for a week, and that’s an eternity when you’re 5. He’s even been handicapping his chances.
“Xx was Friend of the Week last week,” he said. “We have the …

9to5to9: Not afraid of the principal? What the duck?
Wednesday, 22 Oct, 2008 – 23:14 | Comments Off
9to5to9: Not afraid of the principal? What the duck?

The second I saw him at kindergarten orientation, I suspected that Big Guy’s grade-school principal was dangerous.
I didn’t realize how dangerous until today, when Mr. S deliberately and systematically dismantled the last weapon I …

9to5to9: Big Guy finds his kindergarten flame
Thursday, 16 Oct, 2008 – 23:39 | Comments Off
9to5to9: Big Guy finds his kindergarten flame

First there was little Snow White.
Big Guy met her at day care when they were 1, and they were inseparable for two years. She’d find his lost Bear for him — amazing how early men …