Monday, May 17, 2010

Lunchtime Practice Run

No, I didn’t go for a practice run at lunchtime, and I probably never will. Running doesn’t interest me and seems mostly an opportunity for boredom and knee damage. Instead, the title refers to a Practice Lunch.

Since we won’t know whether Q-ster will be eating lunch at kindergarten until the day before school starts, I thought it would be a good idea for him to have lunch away from home at least once, so it would seem more familiar if that ends up being his schedule. We signed him up for “lunch bunch” at preschool, and today he joined some of his friends who regularly attend.

It was also good practice for me to actually pack the lunch, and I go on record in agreeing with the parents who say that one should prepare it the night before in order to make the morning schedule go smoother. Next time.

The little dude ate his sandwich, cherry tomatoes and surprise bite of chocolate, and enjoyed the novelty of carrying his lunch box. I’m totally going to have to subscribe to some kind of lunch idea website, otherwise he’s going to be stuck with turkey sandwiches for months.

We also took both boys to their annual physical checkups today, and the doctor pronounced them both healthy. She took the time to question Q-ster thoroughly, and it was neat to see him interact with an adult like the ready-for-schooler he is. He got a little nervous in repeating his phone number and didn’t quite get it right, but he recited it to me at home correctly afterwards. We’ll have to practice more.

We told the doctor that he was reading pretty well, and she mused that being ‘ahead’ sometimes makes kids bored in class, but we mentioned our school district and she immediately agreed that he’d fit right in. I expect lots of the kids will be reading. However, we didn’t help him learn to read because we were trying to get ahead. We just helped him because we would have had to refuse to answer his questions and withhold information to keep him from reading.

This is where I don’t understand the educational theories that say you shouldn’t teach kids to read until age 7 (Waldorf, I think.) The little dude was puzzling things out for a long time, and loves to be able to read street signs, cereal boxes, and make sense of the world around him. It’s also where it becomes obvious exactly what a handicap illiteracy is for adults.

Off soapbox. There is an unfortunate side effect to the reading, and that is now Q-ster can tell that his father has a stash of Star Wars action figures tucked away in the garage. “Look, that box says Star Wars!”

Back at the doctor’s office, Buster told the doctor repeatedly that he was five (like his big brother), and she was amused. He’s growing well, and did his best to show his gymnastic tendencies in the confines of the office. We are grateful to have two healthy kids!

In completely unrelated news, Guy Kawasaki posted two interesting articles today: How to be Persuasive and How to be Fascinating.


Bob said...

Great checkup.
Q-ster found the advantage of being able to read, no turning back now.
Both articles are great, especially the first one.

mayberry said...

I have wondered the same thing about Waldorf. Some kids are just early readers. I don't see any need to push and pressure those who aren't ready, but it also seems silly to hold back those who are.

We just found out the kindergarten teacher at our school is leaving. There goes years of careful prep for our new kindergartner! He's all excited to be in Mrs. B's class.

Anonymous said...

You know, when I try to get adventurous with the daycare lunch, my 5-year-old rebels. Sometimes they LIKE eating turkey sandwiches for months on end. Or, in our case, pasta.