Things I have learned from the Primary Student

Around here, it's not kindergarten. It's primary. Grade Primary, to be precise. I still make the mistake only to be met with sideways looks from the locals, the same look they give to other "come from aways". And, though it's been some 31 years since I myself was in that grade, I suspect that some things have not changed. To wit:

1) Primary is tiring. It used to be that when the Older Son was being quiet in another room, he was cooking up something dastardly. Now? He's probably splayed out languidly on a couch. Also, his bedtime has moved up one whole hour, and I suspect he's still not getting enough sleep at night.

2) There is not near enough time to eat his entire lunch during his lunch break, and thus priority is given. Two days ago, the banana came home. Yesterday? Half a ham sandwich. Those granola bars with the chocolate chips? They never EVER make it home.

3) The paperwork involved in sending a 5-year old to school is amazing. Daily notes from the teacher ensure that the parents are on top of at least something every night, signing something and sending it back in the child's message-bag the next morning. No longer will feigning ignorance get you out of parental duty.

4) The threat of the "principal's office" is already ingrained in the child's fearful mind. I am not sure how it came up in under a week of school, but I can only surmise it surfaced in the schoolyard. I can't wait to see what else comes out of schoolyard interactions.

5) Six days into school and I think we're on our second communical disease. Viva la petrie dish! And pass the tissue.

6) Try as I might, I cannot get any details on what he does at school. He's so beat at the end of the day that we're lucky if we can get him to eat dinner, let alone talk about his daily activities at the supper table. The only time I get lucky is when he happens to bring something home. The other day he brought home a picture he drew of he and his friend on the swings. I didn't even know he could draw. (Hi! Worst dad ever!)

7) We went through 8 litres of milk last week and barely made it to milk-delivery day this week. Now I know why people run their own dairy farms.

And this is only the first week of school. Apparently sending your kids to school educates everyone.

Posted bythemikestand at 3:03 PM  

5 stepped up to the mike:

K.H. said... 5:36 PM, September 10, 2009  

Oh, god, the paperwork for kids these days is ridiculous. I have two little brothers in elementary school. Between the two of them, my poor mother has a ream of paper to sign every night!

Brianna said... 6:24 PM, September 10, 2009  

hee! though this sounds tiring it also sounds pretty awesome. go Jack!

bethany actually said... 8:11 PM, September 10, 2009  

I suspect the paperwork alone was about half of my reason for deciding to homeschool Annalie for kindergarten this year. I don't require as much paperwork of myself as the average public-school teacher would.

HalfAsstic.com said... 9:49 PM, September 10, 2009  

Aaaah,yes. The school supplies, too. Have you taken out a second mortgage to pay for them yet?

Steph said... 8:13 PM, September 13, 2009  

Bookmarking this post for a few years down the road.

(I went to Kindergarten as well. Don't see anything wrong with calling a spade a spade. Grade Primary is just weird.)

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