Our little girl starts kindergarten on Monday.
On visiting day last week, she got her first "homework" assignment: draw a picture of her family, and write down--with help, of course--one thing she would like to do in kindergarten.
"Don't stress about it," her teacher said to the parents.
In the spring, I was still struggling with spelling things out loud. So I thought we would to do the homework--with Neal--this weekend.
But my girl was already to start homework by Friday afternoon. When I asked her what she wanted to do at kindergarten, she had a ready answer: play with the toy food. She wanted me to spell it, out loud. The whole phrase.
I took a deep breath, and starting spelling. Very slowly.
"Mama, I can hear you saying the alphabet before every letter," she said.
But I did it. We're ready for kindergarten.
2 days ago