Book Learnin'

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Blue boy came from school pretty excited. His first words were "Teacher isn't ready to teach me to read yet."


Two weeks ago, His Kindergarten teacher had a Home Visit and one of the first things Blue Boy asked Mrs W. was "When do I get to learn how to read". She just smiled at him and said "We are going to learn all about bugs!"

So what's the deal here? I understand there are 15 or somesuch kids in his class and she has to follow her curriculum, but can't she just print cat on a paper for him and say "This is cat" ?

This afternoon (First day of school was only 9am-11am)(lol.)( Time 9-11, Date 9-11) he sat at the table and had me write different words on paper for him to read. He can read and recognize about twenty words. Simple words, like "the" , "stop", "that", "sit".

When Rainbow Man started school, Blue Boy was three. He learned all of RM's sight words before RM did, and then taught himself more. He could not speak yet, so we would spread the flash cards out on the floor. Where is "this" we would say and Blue Boy would point without hesitation to the right word. Rainbow Man's kindergarten teacher told us that BB needed to be put in a special school, but I resisted.

He is just a normal little boy. He just wants to read!


On the way home he asked me what days he will go to school. I told him Tuesday's and Thursday's (and every second Friday) but that he doesn't go to school on Monday and Wednesday.

"I wonder why they decided to call it Whensday 'cus now no one knows when it is!"


I promise to quit making this into an All Blue Boy All The Time Blog.



Blogger Sheila said...

That is weird that the teacher didn't say anything about reading... even when asked point blank.

9:57 PM, September 11, 2007  
Blogger Fantastagirl said...

ya know - he sounds like he could be in 1st grade to me..very smart. (but then what do I know)

I hope that you are able to challenge his mind - make your own "sight" words, you aren't harming him by feeding his thirst of knowledge - and I sent you an email.

10:27 PM, September 11, 2007  
Blogger Angry said...

My eldest went off to his first day at school all excited and keen... he had a great time and talked about it all the way home and on into the evening... when tucking him in to bed he asked "so where will I be going tomorrow Daddy...?"
"To school..." I said, and he paused for a long time and then said "You mean I gotta go to school for more than one day...?" And he started crying... It turns out that one day of schooling was just about enough for him to bare, and he would therefore get that day out of the way and get on with his life...
He hated school from day 2 until the day he graduated from High School. Kids, the biggest challenge we will ever have.

12:31 AM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

That's a very good point. When IS Whensday?

4:09 AM, September 12, 2007  
Anonymous metalmom said...

Get some post-it notes and name everything in his room. He can learn how to read those words and then start to make sentences. That's how Babygirl learned to read.

6:03 AM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger Not a Granny said...

I don't mind posts all about Blue Boy!!

GK #1 started Pre-Kindergarten this year. We are hoping his speech therapy will help him to start talking.

7:00 AM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger Shelli said...

Okay, now I know when he goes to school, so you don't have to answer my other comment on your other post.

If he continues to be that smart, you may want to reconsider the special school thing. From my experience (Ashley), when a child is that smart, if they are not stimulated in school, they get bored and tune out. Then they become the problem child. If you can't send him to special school, insist that he be stimulated with either pull out classes or extra work or something.

7:48 AM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger Marilyn said...

I have no teaching/learning advice. Jasmine took forever to learn to read and now we are struggling with writing. I know we'll get there, but she's having a rough school year.

If he is happy, that is good. I like Blue Boy posts.

8:07 AM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger Lynda said...

I think you may want to consider the special school for him. If he is learning ahead of the other kids, when the other kids learn to read, he will just get bored.

It doesn't mean he is smarter than your other boys, just that he learns a different way and at a different rate.

9:19 AM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger TPFKAMA said...

When do they teach reading? I remember writing my name in kindergarten and making my 'm' into 'w'. I was slow on the uptake.

9:35 AM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger Squirrel said...

Its ok all us mommy bloggers get caught up blogging multiple times about a child. I totally understand and it was a cute post!!

10:49 AM, September 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let the teacher slow him down with that 'the rest of the class isn't ready for that yet' garbage. If he wants to learn something, teach it to him yourself if she won't. Don't let them stifle him. So glad he is excited about school. It is a bit of a challenge to keep the quick-learners motivated. Great idea with the post-its, by the way. Also, magnetic letters on the fridge for 'word-of-the-day' play.

1:18 PM, September 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is Mommy handling her middle child being gone to school?

It would n't hurt him any to keep doing the sight words at home. If you want I think I still have the list of basic sight words for knidergarten, grade one and two, I could send them to you.

P.S Go and vote for my post, the PPP championship has begun.

4:53 PM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger Diane Mandy said...

I'm so out of the loop. Back when I went to school we didn't learn to read b sight. We sounded words out. I feel sorry for my future kids. I haven't a clue. But it doesn't sond like your little boy's teacher does either!

7:28 PM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger Bluepaintred said...

Sheila I know. I will talk to her next week if nothing other than coloring and play doh happens tomorrow.

Fantastagirl He is way to immature to be in first grade. He is a smart little guy, but he is way too sensitive. He cries at the drop of a hat! I considered for about three seconds, keeping him home for another year, but he wanted to go SO bad.

Angry Blue Boy has been waiting for three years. He seems content to wait for now, for teacher to teach If he gets impaitent, I will be the teacher!

Mr.Fab Three past freckle, why?

MetalMom I LOVE that Idea!

NOG One think I love about his teacher is she was a speech therapist before switching to K, so he will be getting some help in that area, even if he isn't reading LOL

Shelli We don't have special programs in our town, and I would not be able to drive him in and out of the city every day to go :o(

Marilyn Thats good. You should like everything I post, though!

Lynda But he IS smarter. He never got stuck in a table nor has he ran face first into a pole!

Miss Ann Oh I taught him his name, mom, dad, his brother's name and the ABC's before he started! Oh and one to seven. He cant grasp the concept of eight for some reason!

Squirrel it couldn't help but be cute becuase he is cute!

Peggy I can't do magnets, My baby tries to put them on the TV. But the post it note Idea was excellent!

Coffee Mom I love it with him gone. It sounds mean, huh? but its true. Also, yes please can I have the sight words! I voted and then the husband voted down stairs! good luck, your post was great!

Diane they sound out words here too, but certain words are sight words that have to be memorized.

11:29 PM, September 12, 2007  
Blogger Marilyn said...

The eight thing is kind of interesting... Jasmine got stuck with 6 and 7. I think somebody told her the 7ate9 joke and she decided she didn't like 7. She still gets them (6&7) confused sometimes, but overall math is a strong subject for her. Just weirdness she inherited from me.

8:47 PM, September 13, 2007  

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