Yesterday Jac had to take his kindergarten “entrance exams.” (Yeah, I know.) He is REALLY not wanting to go to school, which starts in July by the way. Being the youngest of three, he knows most of the kids & teachers at school already. First he wouldn’t get out of the car. He was not a happy camper and then refused to go into the room to take the test.
- Bribery with lunch with mommy & Max
- Told him he could feed the snake in the science room
- Told him he could see the chinchilla in said science room
- They told him they would make a volcano with him
- Bribery with candy
You know what worked? (Hint- None of the above!)
I had to go get Max from his classroom to go with him to take the tests. They did make a volcano and I think they both ended up having fun. (Thank you for sweet, patient teachers!)
I took the boys to lunch at Your Mama’s, a busy “blue-plate” diner nearby.
Later I asked little man if he was excited now about being at school with his brother and sister- his response was…
“NO WAY! I’M NEVER GOING TO THAT SCHOOL!”
My thinking is that they don’t have the playground installed/purchased yet. I mean, I don’t want to even go to a school with no playground. All I can really remember about kindergarten was baking, playing dress-up, getting in trouble at naptime, and playing on the playground (chasing boys.) I think it’s a sad state of affairs when No Child Left Behind has taken away all but the playground part, and most of that. Being a parent of a now 8th grader who started kindergarten when this wonderful education plan started I can’t tell that it’s improved anything.