Thursday, June 26, 2008

Suzuki Camp -- Day 4

Today the movement teacher at Suzuki Camp saw me bringing the kids in and said, "Are the the Erickson's mom?" In the back of my head, I was dreading what she was going to say next. After I acknowledged the truth of her statement, she informed me that my kids don't listen or follow instructions and that they freak out when they lose stuff.

I knew that Raef had freaked out yesterday when he couldn't find his lunch box. Whatever! What am I supposed to do about that? It is not something I can just fix with the snap of my fingers. It is just something he is going to have to out grow. What does she expect me to do about it? I am not sure. As for the kids not following directions...I KNOW! It is my biggest challenge with them too. What does she expect me to do about that in one day, also? Were they malicious or mean to another kid? Were they disrespectful to her? NO. The diagnosis really comes down to this: they are boys!

They NEVER sit still. They NEVER walk. They are BOYS!!!!!

I haven't heard any complaints from the non-school teacher instructors at camp. This is from the public educators that are there. Of course, I am trying to keep a low profile because the other instructors haven't seen me yet, to complain about my kids.

So, back to this movement teacher. I just told her that I would appreciate it if she could be patient with my kids, because I know they will get with the program in time...hopefully by the end of the week.

But this brings me to another point entirely...

Hallelujiah for homeschool! I am so glad that I have made the decision to invest in my children. They are rambunctious little boys with so much to give and if I put them in school, it will get squashed out of them because they can't sit still. Zach would be labeled a trouble-maker, even though he is incredibly sweet, very sharp, and a brilliant reader. Raef would just be a lemming and fall to peer pressure because he is so sweet and such a people pleaser. He has the most tender heart and I fear it would get squashed in public school.

I love my little boys and I know them the best. I see everything about them: their strengths and weaknesses. They are amazing children and I am a grateful mother.

To finish my story, when I was getting ready to leave another lady asked me if I was Zach's mom. I was wary to own up to it, based on the past few conversations I have had with people there. But to my relief, she said her son has really taken a liking to Zach. This it of news really cheered me up. Yeah, someone likes my kid.


Creamer Family said...

Kelly- I used to dread it when another parent would ask if my child belonged to me because I feared the worst, because it was often true, but lately I have been so pleased when other parents compliment her manners and good behavior. Your boys are just being what they are- 6 year olds! It is so easy to forget that they aren't little adults. It is great to read about how proud you are of them, just as they are.

Creamer Family said...

Thanks for the book suggestions. I'll check out the "goodreads" site. I just finished The Time Travelers Wife which left me bawling and The Handmaid's Tale. I don't know what to think about that one, but I had a hard time putting it down.

Eve said...

BTDT with the boy thang. Anything that they can't run and jump and use their energy for can be a challenge adjusting to, it seems, at least for my 5 and 3 year old.

And, yeah, thank goodness for all the options there are for education, too!

I am also glad, Amy, my kids can be themselves without having to fit into someone else's box. YES!!!! (No offense to any of the public schoolers reading this. But, home school can be quite cool in lots of ways)

I think my kids learn all they need to know about "behaving" (read: conforming and sitting still and being complacent) in primary each Sunday.

Kids will grow out of their childishness eventually...I say, let them enjoy their childhood!

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