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Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Mimisms ~ See Mimi Spell

So I'm hanging out with Baby Boy this weekend and the subject of school comes up.
It is his first year in Kindergarten. A few weeks ago he told me that his favorite subject was "outside." Umm....Ok...I worried a little but then remembered that he is a boy and likes to play outside. This is perfectly normal. Right?
Question #2: "What did you learn in school today?"
"The same thing. We do the same thing every day."So I figured he just didn't want to elaborate 'cause I know they are not teaching my Little Blog Prince the same thing EVERY day. I moved on.

Today he is on the floor coloring and "writing a book." (YAY! Score one for Mimi influence.) He wants "words to go with my pictures." (YAY! He's been reading my blog.) And that might be the case if he could read. So I have to spell all the words in this novel for him (which we stapled together to look like a book).
I spell. He writes.

Chapter one
F.I.R.S.T. B.A.S.K.E.T.B.A.L.L. G.A.M.E.
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
T.H.E. T.E.A.M. W.E.N.T. H.O.M.E.
I don't know if they won but they went home.

Anyway....I asked, "What CAN you spell?"

"Uhh.....uhh....I can spell "cat." See? C.A.T. ""But what is the first word you learned to spell?"
"C.A.T. cat."

"That is the first word you learned to spell? CAT????! Not Mimi, not blog, not peace, not cheetos, not even Felix? CAT??!

"Cat, Mimi. C.A.T. cat."Sigh.

I like to give teachers the benefit of the doubt.
"Baby Boy, what is the second word you learned to spell? What else can you spell?"

"I can spell dog."
"Spell dog, Baby Boy.""Dddddd (sounding it out) O.G. Dog."
"Not politics, aeronautics, geometry, oxymoron, Mississippi? DOG??!
"Good! Very good, Baby Boy......."

I am not amused.

"How do you spell Mimi?"" help me.""M.I.M.I."
"How do you spell Mom?"
" help me."
"How do you spell Dad?"
" help me.""D.A.D."
"How do you spell Nana?"
" help me.""N.A.N.A.
"How do you spell your last name?!!!"

"I don't know. You help me."He writes them down.
I get an A.S.P.I.R.I.N.
Five minutes pass. We change the subject. I scramble his brain with other chores and drawing.

I asked again, "Baby Boy. How do you spell Mimi?"
"M.I.M.I." he said without hesitation.
"How do you spell Mom?""M.O.M."
Wham! Just like that.
Two 1/2 months of Kindergarten and he can only spell C.A.T. and D.O.G.????

No wonder he needs help writing a novel.
I am going to that school.

Photographs: Public domain


Finding Pam said...

I am sure that he will learn much more from his Mimi over the years. You have a lovely way of inspiring people. He sounds adorable.

Travis Cody said...

"You help me."

You've laid the groundwork for those words to become "I do it", and then "I'll help you".

Ferd said...

oooo! I'd hate to be that kindergarden teacher! She should know kindergardeners should be doing 1st grade work... at least! How will they ever get to college!? LOL

What ever happened to REAL cutting and pasting? What happened to drawing outside the lines? and to mid morning naps and snacks? At least the "outside" course is still being taught! I'm glad he likes "outside." Attaboy, baby boy!
; )

Mimi Lenox said...

Pam - What a kind thing to say. Thank you.

Mimi Lenox said...

Travis - Wisdom. I hope. Wisdom.

Mimi Lenox said...

Ferd - Valid points, all.
I think it's time to have lunch at his school. Yep. It's time. Just a simple lunch date with Baby Boy. Nothing more. Nothing less...(crossing fingers)

bobbie said...

A delightful post, Mimi.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

You help once, twice maybe then it is in his hands...

Please do not cause a scene and yell at his teachers...

mmmm k?

Dawn Drover said...

Just wait for grade one when he tells you his favorite subject is "recess"!
He's doing great ;)

Charles Gramlich said...

well, just today I discovered that my college class had never heard of, much less read, either Brave New World or 1984. So it's not that much different.

Akelamalu said...

I learned that grandchildren only tell you what they learned when they feel like it. They don't seem to like talking about what's gone on at school when you want them to.

Baby boy will learn a lot from you m'dear. x

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I'm sure you'll have him spelling 12 letter words before long.

Mojo said...

uh huh... the word I see coming?

A.P.O.C.A.L.Y.P.S.E. When Mimi-nani gets done with that school. Or possibly C.A.T...aclysm.

Mimi Lenox said...

Bobbie - Thank you. I think his picture should be beside the word "delightful" in the dictionary.

Mimi Lenox said...

Vinny - I'll try to remember that...

Mimi Lenox said...

Dawn - I know! I hope he can spell more than cat and dog by then...or it's back to the school.

Mimi Lenox said...

Charles - That is prerequisite reading! Oh my Lord.

Mimi Lenox said...

Akelamalu - I learn a lot from him!

Mimi Lenox said...

Jean-Luc - I'm doing my best..

Mimi Lenox said...

Mojo - Mimi-nani?? It's the dungeon for you buster.

Cinnamon Girl said...

Be calm Mimi, be calm =)

Jeff B said...

He'll be putting Webster to shame in no time.

Anndi said...

No B.E.E. ?!

I was looking at my baby book.

Entry for first week at Kindergarten, written by my mom:

"Ann likes school but thinks it's boring sometimes because she says she isn't learning anything... she says: "we just play"."


Mimi Lenox said...

Starr - Feeling the bee bzzzz's awesome.

Mimi Lenox said...

Jeff - Don't you know it!

Mimi Lenox said...

Anndi - Oh we talked about the bees...details forthcoming.
See? And you turned out brilliant!
Kids are so funny.

The Gal Herself said...

I love that his favorite subject is "outside!"

Could it be that he can read the words without knowing how to spell aloud yet? I know that in spelling bees, I always had trouble with b and d. (I get paid to write here, so please don't share that tidbit with anyone.)

Anonymous said...

He's doing great for only being 2 months into Kindergarten. The only thing we learned in Kindergarten was the alphabet and not how to actually put it to use.

Anonymous said...

Those old Felix The Cat cartoons were awesome...with the Professor and Felix's magic bag....

Gary's third pottery blog said...

you will be happy to know I have 3 Felix the cat tees :)

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