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Why I am Enrolling in Kindergarten

When I was growing up, life was, well, not exactly easy but rather straight forward. Go to school, cram everything the teachers tell you, memorise your abc’s, sing your numbers, play with lots of mud, sit for an exam, touch your opposite ear with your hand and you are good to go to class one. That’s it!

Nowadays, life has become more complex. Take my little boy for example. From day one of being in school, he had homework! That really upset me! Not so much that I cared about the burden that they were putting on him, but the burden that they were suddenly installing on ME! You think that is even upsetting? Wait till you hear the rest of the story!

So, things hadn’t been too bad, because most of what I was expected to do is just read him stories, for at least 30 minutes each day. Then came the burden of all times! Wrapped up in something called Phonics! Yep! I knew you were going to wear that what-in-the-world-is-she-talking-about face! If you are like me, and I imagine a number of us are, you have no idea what this is all about. And lucky for you, you need not worry about it much, unless you have a hyper-inquisitive boy who will want to learn everything they can and every third phrase out of his mouth is ‘what is this mummy’? Back to the story about the monster called Phonics.

Apparently, some scientists somewhere decided that Phonics are the best way to teach children how to read and apparently write. I am not so worried about writing, seeing as he is learning how to type, so we are covered there. Now the reading bit. According to the all knowing wikipedia, Phonics involves teaching how to connect the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters. It’s quite complex really. No really! It is! Instead of reading ‘c’ as you would in the alphabet, you imagine it’s a word, and read it as ‘short ka!’ You beginning to see my dilemma?

Now, try telling a three year old that you don’t know that sound, which sound they were told to practice at home with parent or guardian. At this point, he is not even transferable to anyone, considering not many people understand this Phonics business. So, when I am asked, ‘mummy, what sound is this?’ I look at the poor boy, quite clueless I might add, until somewhere between messing about with my laptop, watching cartoons, whizzing by in a blur and yelling his favorite nursery rhymes because they sound better loud, he remembers what the teacher told him the sound is! And bam! Homework can go on! And I am ‘that’s great baby! Exactly what I was thinking’. I know that will not sell for long, and he will expect me to take up my role as the all knowing mummy in the world, so I have a sit-down with his teacher and explain our dilemma in homework tackling. The teacher, without even batting an eyelid, quite matter-of-factly says ‘You will need to enroll for a few days, then we can teach you the 26 Phonic sounds, if you really want to help your son’. I look at her, laugh out loud, with evil, hideous laughter, realize I am actually alone in the laughter, shut my mouth, look at her in confusion and then with dejection, upon realizing that she was dead serious. She goes on to hand me the speech of how my child is the most important thing in the world, and I should not be embarrassed to go back to Kindergarten, if only to learn Phonics. ‘We won’t even charge you for the lessons’. She goes on to add. I guess I should be grateful for free education.

This I presume is less embarrassing than waiting for a three year old to remember what sound they learn’t in school so that I can assist him with his homework. At least I keep telling myself that. So, in a few days, I shall be going back to Kindergarten, to be taught my Phonics, and maybe later, word building. Look at it this way, I might break the record of the only mummy who went back to Kindergarten at the tender age of …… Surely, you were not expecting to see a number there now, were you?

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18 responses

  1. in teaching we become the bigger student. much can be learnt from teaching.

    i cannot for the life of me find out how this is related to you going back to school though.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    • carolkmail

      I do not know how to construct words. I just know how to read them! Apparently that is as good as not having an education. I shall thus not be talked out of Kindergarten! You should try it sometime.. Heh 🙂

      May 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

  2. Damn! You sound serious. Will u also sing rhymes while at it? lol.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:20 am

    • carolkmail

      Could you please take me seriously? This is hard enought without you lot laughing me out of class! Hihi! They tell me because of my size, they cannot allow me to sand in class and sing with the rest. Too intimidating for the little ones 😀

      May 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

  3. Do they have suitable furniture in size ‘senior student’? Or are you also going to be the first student to bring your own desk and chair?

    May 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    • carolkmail

      They won’t allow me to do that. I will be occupying the floor. It’s carpeted so I’m not entirely worried. Hoping my lap can accommodate a book and a pencil with ease. Don’t you admire my determination? Please don’t disown me as well 😀

      May 19, 2010 at 11:13 am

  4. No, i didn’t expect a number there but am sure the age is tender! :). Is your boy as smart as you make him out? Didn’t you say he’s three? ..and in skul? He should be breastfeeding!

    May 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    • carolkmail

      Have you seen the age of school going kids these days? The average is 2 years! As to whether he is as smart as I make him out to be, he can count to five! That’s the making of a genius right there! 😀

      May 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

  5. And your first assignment is to enlighten us dunderheads on the rest of the phonic sounds. Get to it Missie *cracks whip*
    **Ok… I should run for cover right about now**

    May 24, 2010 at 7:00 am

    • carolkmail

      M’am yes m’am! Right after I whip you senseless for cracking a whip at me! 😀 It’s quite not so bad really, I am beginning to see the sense in Phonics!

      May 27, 2010 at 6:07 am

  6. When did life become this complicated? Between, I am curious about these phonics.

    May 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    • carolkmail

      Haha! That’s the question I asked that teacher, but she could not give me a straight answer. I will enlighten you once my schooling is done. 🙂

      May 27, 2010 at 6:08 am

  7. I cant stop laughing… My gal will be 3 next year, I guess I better brace myself for the same!! Oh! the DRAMA!
    @kalengi LOL

    June 4, 2010 at 11:47 am

    • carolkmail

      And this is us on a good day, when he has not decided that teacher said something controversial and my opinion doesn’t count! sigh. If only I did not have so much fun and adore in all the escapades and adore him to bits I’d exchange him for a loaf of bread. 😀

      June 4, 2010 at 11:55 am

  8. check out http://www.starfall.com (use IE…it has issues in other browsers)

    Yes…I rock and you’re welcome.

    June 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    • carolkmail

      Yes you rock. Thank you 🙂

      June 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

  9. OtienoHongo

    When my daughter started going to school I could understand how she was being taught the alphabet. I kept telling her that c is c (sea) but she instisted it was k (kh) I of course went to complain only to be told that is how they are taught the alphabet in kindergaten nowadays. I gave up on helping her with her homework as it was clear I was the one that needed teaching!

    June 21, 2010 at 7:46 am

    • carolkmail

      Finally! Someone who understands what I’m saying! Come on in and take a seat! I am refusing to give up and I’ve caught on quite well with my phonics. 🙂

      June 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

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