Thursday, August 27, 2009

What We're Learning in Kindergarten

Dane's first day of kindergarten was Monday, and boy are we learning quite a bit already!

Dane had a great first day, marred only by a 45 minute wait time at the end of the day to pick him up.  That's right, Brandon, myself, Aidan, and Harper all waited in the carpool line for 45 minutes to pick him up after school.  Yuck.  The last couple of days the line has been much shorter, so hopefully it was just a "first day" thing.  

Lesson #1:  Don't show up to pick children up until 10-15 minutes after school is out.

Not surprisingly, Dane's favorite part of the day involves PE and recess, and yesterday Dane bounded into the van proclaiming that he "learned to hula hoop".  You won't hear any criticism about public education here.  The child has successfully learned to hula hoop in the first three days of kindergarten.  I think this will prepare him well for a career in the circus.

Lesson #2:    Hula hoop=good.

Dane had a "card turned" (I haven't quite figured out what this means.) for playing with the hand dryer in the bathroom.  This, of course, is Dane's version of events, with Dane himself starring in the drama as the innocent accused.  According to him, cards get turned for very minor infractions, including playing with the hand dryer in the bathroom.  I'm pretty sure there's more to the story than that, but this doesn't seem dramatic enough for me to send an e-mail to his teacher asking for details.  After all,Mrs. G  has 25 kindergardeners and their parents to deal with all by herself.  Pray for her, please.

Lesson #3:  There's a lot of rules to learn in kindergarden.    
There's a poster on a teacher's wall somewhere that says, "Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarden".  Needless to say, I am a little worried about this.  What is he going to learn for the next 12 years until college?  He will be so bored with school after this year, because he will already know everything.  And by "everything", I mean mad hula hoop skillz.


Adrienne said...

Go, Dane-O! Thanks for the update...can't believe tomorrow he'll be a seasoned pro after a whole week of kindergarten. :o)

Anonymous said...

Don't panic about the hula hoop thing. Next semester they are going to teach him to juggle and ride a unicycle.