Something happened this morning that helped me see that I need to relax just a little bit.
LittleMan: [Reading a Kindergarten Open Court book called "At The Zoo" aloud.]
Me: [Listening to LittleMan but seeing an opportunity to challenge him.]
LittleMan: "What are you doing, Mom?"
Me: "I thought we could practice some of your Challenge Words."
I write words like "the", "an", "here", "if", "see", and other two to three-letter words. After about the 10th one...
LittleMan: "How many words are there?"
Me: "A lot. These are just some of the two to three-letter words, hon. There are also four, five all the way up to 10 or even 15-letter words."
LittleMan: [Looking at me with a mixture of awe and disbelief.]
Me: [I write the word "Exclamation".]
LittleMan: "Ex - ca - l - awe - mmm... This is a hard one."
Me: "Well, I didn't think you would try to read it. Good job! It is 'Exclamation'."
LittleMan: [Staring at the word]
Me: "It means to EXCLAIM or SHOUT. Like 'OUCH!' or 'BANG!' or 'STOP!'."
LittleMan: [Looking at me in that same expression]
I smile at him, and leave the table to get changed.
LittleMan comes into my bedroom where My Mukor and I are chatting before Mukor goes to work.
LittleMan: [Holds up the paper where the word "Exclamation" is written. Next to it is the word "Wow".]
I show the paper to My Mukor, but I'm thinking to myself, "Did LittleMan really understand the definition of Exclamation that quickly?" My thoughts are immediately shot down when I hear LittleMan say to My Mukor, "It is 'woe'."
Me: "No, that is w-o-e. You spelled 'wow'. Remember the rule about the long vowel sound if the word ends with 'e'?"
LittleMan: [Looking at the paper]
Me: "See, you spelled the word 'woe'. That means to feel sadness."
LittleMan: "No, it is what you say to a horse."
I took a deep breath and let it go. You see, I was beginning to think that my son was a genius for thinking of the word "Whoa!" which is an example of the "Exclamation" definition I gave. Did he write that because of my definition, or was it coincidence? It is this kind of obsessing that causes me to question whether or not I'm fit as a parent...
And why I can never home-school my children.