Okay, this post was originally drafted in SEPTEMBER. Sheesh! I still want to share, so here are some things we heard from Elena the first couple weeks of school. And Be warned! Some are not for the squeamish!
Just a random picture of Elena in school on cornhusk doll making day where the Moms were asked to come in and help.
“There was a girl that threw up ALL over the carpet today! It looked like there were hot dogs in it. The janitor came and cleaned it up. During circle time, I sat on the plastic bags that were covering the wet part of the carpet!” (I don’t need to say just how horrifying this whole story was in just SO many ways!)
And then the very next day:
“Something funny happened today! There was a boy who stood up from his chair and was crying because he PEED in his PANTS! He was nervous about peeing and that’s why he cried.” I quickly verified that she did not laugh at the boy (thank goodness!).
At this time, my husband and I also agreed that we never want to be an elementary school janitor, and that Dang, the schools really are just cesspools of germs!
E: There was a boy today in school who didn’t make good choices.
Me: Oh yeah? What did he do? (btw, we’ve never used that terminology – pretty funny though!)
E: He climbed under the table!
Me: Oh, he wasn’t just picking up something he dropped?
E: No! He was just climbing down there!
Me: So, Elena, what then happened? (thinking I’d get to hear about their punishment process at school)
E: He threw his shoes at the teacher!
Me: !!?! Then what happened?
E: He pulled the teacher’s dress!
Me: !!?! And then what happened Elena?
E: Another teacher came in from another class and helped hold him down!
Me: !!??!!!?!?! Then what happened?
E: He had to spend the rest of the day laying down on the left side of the room!
Me: How’d the boy do today who didn’t make good choices?
E: He was good! He got 3 stickers!
Me: OH! Good for him! Did you get any stickers Elena?
(As an aside, this boy has continued to be the child that needs the most attention of any child in the classroom from everything I’ve heard and seen. And get this — he’s the kid of another kindergarten teacher at the school! I’d have thought he’d have been more prepared somehow…)
“There’s a boy at school that sang the song ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and BUTT!!!”
Ahhhh, good quality education we’re getting here…
Honestly, I’m pretty happy with Kindergarten, but it has been a huge adjustment for us all! Elena was plain e.x.h.a.u.s.t.e.d. the first month or so. I did put Elena in a Spanish Immersion program and she really does seem to be picking up quite a bit of the language. I observed one day for a while after the Thanksgiving feast, and sure enough, the kids would ask the teacher questions in English, she’d respond in Spanish, and the kids seemed to then be doing the proper things.
And I thought this was interesting — the kids are all at tables. They have these pockets on back of their chairs in which they put all of their papers. Genius organizing technique!
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