Today, Miss E came home with a "post test" where she had to write her numbers 1-10, which she did successfully. However, also written on her page was the following:
"Miss E wanted to look at others' papers."
When I read this, I asked her if she was trying to copy and look at other people's work. "No!" she emphatically stated. "I was just moving my head in circles!" And she got more and more upset with me and wanted me to write an email to her teacher saying that she was not cheating. Later, I asked her about it in a different way and she never said, "Why yes, Mother. I was cheating." Instead, she said something like, "Sometimes I don't know and I wanted some help."
Anyway, I never wrote the email, but I've been thinking about this, because let's be honest. It's KINDERGARTEN! She wants to do well, she wants to be successful, but this is Miss E we're talking about. She's sooooo bright and smart, but she's easily distracted. One day she can count to 100 without a single error and the next day, she forgets numbers 13 and 14 on her way to 20.
I must confess that initially I was like, "Oh my gosh! We must squelch out cheating!" but then I thought, why is she feeling the pressure TO cheat. And then I thought, Am I becoming one of those parents who wants a sliding rule for my kid? And then I thought, But this is KINDERGARTEN! For crying out loud! I wasn't writing my numbers back in Kindergarten and I still managed to become a fairly normal well adjusted person (right????).
So, yeah. Any kind words or brutal honesty you want to share about said topic, Gentle Reader?
I also have to confess that after a while, I kinda wanted to write a note on the "post test" and send it back to the teacher with something like, "After several spankings, Miss E finally promised she won't look at other people's work. Thanks for letting us know and be sure to inform us if she gets out of line again and we'll take care of it."
Ha! I'm sure that'd go over well with her teacher. Somehow I don't know if she'd catch the sarcasm that was intended. Because it's KINDERGARTEN. What is she expecting us to do???? (btw, she didn't get in trouble with me at all...we just talked briefly about it those two times).
Okay, thanks for letting me rant and record.