My 4 ½ year old started Kindergarten two weeks ago. I was (and sometimes still am) worried that he was still too young and maybe I should have waited a year. Well, I am in it and now I must move forward with whatever challenges may come. I just didn’t expect them in the second week of school.
I was sitting with my 4 ½ year old while he worked on his homework. As I pulled out the sheet from his folder, I gasped. It was a sheet with lines to practice writing his first name. Are you kidding me? I just got him to write his name with the letters in the correct order and now they want it in a perfect line?
Try and try again was the theme for the next 10 minutes. I couldn’t get him to understand that the “G” was from the top border to the bottom one and the “a” and “e” should stay below the dashed line. The more I erased, the more he said “I can’t do it!” Think Guadalupe, think. How could I make Gael understand? I must think outside the box.
Star Wars! He loves Star Wars. I explained to him that the top and bottom borders were only for master jedis to touch and he needed to make sure that master jedi “G” didn’t go past the solid borders or Darth Vader would shoot him. All the capital letters are master jedis. The “a” and “e” were mini-jedis (those being trained by Yoda) so they could only go to the smaller dashed border and the “l” could touch the top border because he was almost a master. He got it! He did it!
The next day Gael got another copy of the sheet. I looked at him and asked him if he knew what to do? He said “yes, put the jedis in order.” Yay! The force was with us.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Darth Vader or Yoda to write this post. I may have been jedi-minded but I can’t prove it. When not working with young Jedi Gael, you can read about my adventures in motherhood and life at I Used To Wear 3 Inch Heels