Saturday, October 27, 2007


Okay. I know better.
I really, really do.
But today (while at work :) ) I watched John Stossel's Stupid In America (gosh, I love that piece) and this lady said in an aghast voice "My kindergartner didn't know how to write her name!!! Can you imagine a kindergartner not writing her name?!?"
And I thought "Oh."
My six year old doesn't write his name. I spose he could - with help, but he doesn't. (has once or twice)

It really doesn't matter, right? I'm freaking (sort of) and stumbling over nothing, right?

I'm so glad that I'm having this moment (or few hours) at work, and not taking it out on my son!


Mama Podkayne said...

What opportunity or need does he have to write his name? In PS they have to write their name on their papers, every piece of art, etc. It's another thing drilled out of necessity.

When he need to, he'll get it. Also, isn't your kid the one who knows like a billion things about dinosaurs or some such? :)

My MIL is upset because my 2 (almost 3) year old counts to 11 but skips 3 and cannot recognize letter symbols. And she can identify letters, but can't sing the alphabet song. I read that those "things" are not at all uncommon for unschooled children who learn out of want and need instead of being drilled into zombie like compliance.

Hang in there.

whimsigal said...

Mama Podkayne is right. He'll do it when he needs to. In the meantime he may discover some species of dinosaur that science has overlooked.

Don't sweat it!

Life With Us said...

I really think that kids "taught " to write at too young of an age. My 13 year old did not become very good at any kind printing until she was around 10/11. You have nothing to worry about.

Stephanie Ozenne said...

Steph, if you wanted him to be able to write his name early, you should have gone with "Bob" or "Tim" or something like that. With his name, he doesn't have a chance! ;)

Seriously, though, I bet he'd rather write some crazy dinosaur name than his own.

Melissia said...

ROFL. Steph O. is so funny. Yes if you gave him a name like Bob he would only have to learn 2 letters. Still laughing. Ari likes to sign her name only she does it like this Air. I have learned to stop myself from correcting her. She will get it. Seriously, do we think they are going to go Beverly Hilbillies and sign everything with an X. Sorry, still laughing. I am sorry you had a moment of doubt. We all have them.

piscesgrrl said...

Trying having that moment when your son is 14 and about to enter a school for the first time! Seriously, I never gave it much thought until this fall when Brady was getting ready to enter school, and that's when it occurred to us that he's done very little writing and has the handwriting of a much younger child, if you go by school standards. But then I remembered my husband writes in really odd chicken-scratch print and then my son went to school and got enough practice in the first week to have it all even out and all is well.

So, feel free to take a chill on this one, m'dear. :)