A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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A SWAT for cramming for kindergarten
Thursday, 17 Feb, 2011 – 17:01 | Comments Off
A SWAT for cramming for kindergarten

You know what they say about kindergarten being the new first grade?
Well, forget it. It turns out that advanced kindergarten is life in the slow lane. The real competitors in the “get your kids ahead …

It doesn’t take a miracle. It only takes a book
Wednesday, 5 Jan, 2011 – 18:00 | 3 Comments
It doesn’t take a miracle. It only takes a book

Mommy, am I Student A or Student B, Big Guy asked.
Huh?
Am I Student A or Student B, out of the ones in my school folder.
I was stunned that he’d read his school folder, especially given …

Scary stats: Kids spend more time with TV than with preschool
Tuesday, 9 Nov, 2010 – 20:13 | One Comment
Scary stats: Kids spend more time with TV than with preschool

I don’t believe much in child-rearing absolutes, except that I absolutely banned Big Guy from watching TV before he was 2.
I am absolutely certain that ban was ignored. Though the baby sitter repeatedly denied it, …

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 …

Leave them kids alone
Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010 – 15:03 | 3 Comments
Leave them kids alone

Just as sure as someone’s going to be selling a box of crayons for a quarter every August, you can mark the annual bashing of American students on your calendar in the vicinity of Labor …

Rolling along with sight words. So what.
Thursday, 17 Dec, 2009 – 14:14 | Comments Off
Rolling along with sight words. So what.

A full eight months before he’s to start kindergarten, Boots already knows a half-dozen “sight” words.
I’d never say this to his face because it would break his little heart, but so what?
Yeah, yeah. I know. …

It’s never too early to freak out over kindergarten
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 20:51 | Comments Off

There are roughly 347 days between Big Guy and kindergarten, depending on where he winds up going. Is it too early for me to start freaking out?

Because that’s exactly what I’ve been doing since Back to School night Friday at his preschool.

Surrounded by two other moms and myself, Big Guy’s teacher lamented the problem of teaching 4-year-olds to do what they need to do to be ready for kindergarten these days. “I have to make them sit here at a table for part of the day, when they’d all rather be playing and running around and being kids.”

I share her sorrow, which is why I’ve always shunned flash cards and such, preferring to let a kid be a kid for as long as possible. I