There is a disturbing trend going on in kindergarten and first grade. They have decided that it would be fun to ask mommy to buy them 50 cookies to bring to school. This happened three times THIS WEEK. There are several things that this trend is bad for:
1. Learning: the kids cannot learn while hyped up on sugar
2. Inter-grade friendships: since we are talking about five, six, and seven-year-olds,they all burst into tears or pout if the other grade gets cookies one day and they don’t.
3. My waistline: the cookie-toting munchkin always gives a cookie to me and then stands there expectantly. I can’t disappoint the little dears!
However, it has significantly raised morale in the class, which is nice. Also, I think my dentist is underpaid.
This was an interesting week because we took a whole-school field trip to Reunion Ranch in Georgetown on Monday. We all gathered at school, and the munchkins spent about 20 minutes talking about how they only brought a snack to school. This was obviously hilarious. Then we all trooped to the bathroom to at least try to go.
After that we all buddied up. I told them to hold hands with their buddy on the bus so that we could easily place them in seats; and they did exactly what I said, because they are too little to care about holding hands. Thank goodness. Then we headed off behind the caravan of other buses. About four minutes into the trip they began asking us when we were going to get there. We told them it would be an hour, and to take a nap; and they did exactly what I said, because they are able to fall asleep anywhere, in any situation.
When we were at Reunion Ranch, we played mini-golf, drew with chalk, played on several playgrounds, rode a zip line, ate hot dogs, broke a pinata, and went on an obstacle course. Everything has to be modified for little ones. At mini-golf the kids pushed their balls into the holes with their clubs instead of taking strokes. Many of the kinders would only ride the zip line if they rode on me or the kindergarten teacher. And on the obstacle course, the munchkins went under most of the obstacles rather than over, because they’re too small. But it was lots of fun, and most of the kids were asleep before we got off the ranch.
I love first grade.
PS: I was able to upload some photos from our recent trip into my last post!