Wednesday, August 01, 2007

And So it Begins . . .

I took Peyton this morning to his new school for the placement test for kindergarten. There were already a couple of moms there when we arrived and their kids were already being tested. After they called Peyton back, I asked the person checking them in what all the test involved. She told me that they would be questioned on their shapes, colors, alphabet, writing their name, etc. One of the moms piped in that it was pre-k basics. The other mom added, "My son can already read." The first mom was quick to reply, "Oh yeah, mine has been been reading since he was two and a half." (*coughbullshitcough*)

I stood there for a second and then said, "Mine knows Algebra."

The moms nodded appreciatively till I skipped a beat and said, "I'm just kidding."

After they both left, I looked at a grandmother that was left and said, "If they know how to read by kindergarten, what are they going to learn in kindergarten?"

She smiled and replied, "I know, you might as well keep them at home."

You know, it wasn't even that their kids could read that got under mine skin so bad. Peyton knows his letters, he knows their sounds, he knows some words and he's starting to sound out words on his own, which is where I'd expect him to be now and will help him when school starts. I was more annoyed with the whole Look at my kid! See what he can do!

As the moms were leaving, one couldn't help but throw in after she mentioned that her son attended one of the temples for pre-k that he counted in Spanish (which most kids in South Florida do) and spoke Hebrew. I was so close to retorting, "yeah, well, my kid hits butts AND talks about his pee-pee!"

6 comments:

Chelle said...

Twenty bucks says that little genius is socially retarded. You know, like his MOTHER.

thethinker said...

I feel bad for their kids, having the kind of mothers that they do.

carrie said...

From my experience as a teacher, if they already know everything, they get in lots of trouble.. for being a know-it-all and for being bored. Why stress them out at 4 to get them in trouble at 5!

Neat-Freak Mom said...

WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD. IT TOTALLY STINKS. AT LEAST IT DID FOR ME. I CAN TOTALLY RELATE TO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING ABOUT THE OTHER MOM'S AND THEIR COMPETITATIVE NATURE.
STACI IS IN THIRD GRADE NOW BUT I HATE THE FACT THAT SHE EVEN HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL. OUR TESTING FOR KINDERGARTEN WAS BRUTAL. SHE DIDN'T KNOW ALL OF HER LETTERS AND NUMBERS. SHE WASN'T EVEN CLOSE TO READING. SHE JUST LEARNED TO READ THIS PAST YEAR IN SECOND GRADE. I AM REALLY LAYED BACK ABOUT THE WHOLE SCHOOL THING. SHE IS LEARNING ON HER ON SCHEDUAL. NOT ANYONE ELSE'S. SHE IS DOING WHAT SHE CAN DO.
I CAN'T STAND THOSE OTHER MOM'S WHO THINK THEIR CHILD IS A NEUROLOGIST AT THE AGE OF SIX.
DON'T LET ANY OF IT BOTHER YOU BUT I WILL HAVE TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, IT GETS WORSE.
REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN BECAUSE KINDERGARTEN IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN.

Dixie said...

I hate that shit!

thelongreign said...

Erika, Hey there sweetheart. So....yeah, I suck. If it doesn't light up I'm lost to checking it. BUT I was once again attempting to unpack (is it horrid that I've been here two years? oh well) and came across shey's birth announcment. and I thought....THAT is who I miss. I miss Erika. And so, I'm here to say hello and check in. I'm going to do better at keeping up. And this entry made me laugh out loud. -- Desiree'