November 2, 2012


Next week, when I meet with Benjamin’s teacher, there are a number of issues I’ll bring up, including his abominable handwriting. While it has improved somewhat over the past year, it’s pretty evident when you look at his work that there’s simply no way his hand is able to keep up with his mind. There’s no way I can keep up with his mind, either, for what it’s worth.

I tell you this as background so you can understand how amusing it was to discover Benjamin teaching Lilah how to form her letters yesterday. I’ve walked in on several sessions of Chess 101 he’s run for her and one Wrestling for Beginners, not to mention the Hebrew tutorial that Zach runs as a sideline out of his bedroom, but this was the first class meeting Writing for Preschoolers. The interesting thing is that he’s actually doing a pretty good job. This may be a reflection of his teaching or her willingness to learn or both.

I’m delighted that he’s decided to teach her writing. One more thing off of my plate. Two, actually, since he announced at breakfast there will be Writing and Reading sessions every day. It’s good for her, but it also helps his self-esteem, which has pretty much tanked recently as he’s decided he’s the bad kid in the first grade. Plus, it might focus him a bit on his own handwriting.

Truly, I’m delighted that he’s got this under control. But does it really need to take place while we’re trying to get out the door to school in the morning?

Of course, if this keeps up, I can stop sending them to school and let them home school one another.

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  • Reply sarah piazza November 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    You remind me of a funny story about my older son. After he’d gone through 1 mo. of kindergarten, his teacher contacted me to inform me that we had to discuss his terrible handwriting. I was shocked. I’d always thought that his handwriting was excellent! Turns out that my son had been writing with his LEFT hand at school. (He is right-handed.)

    Why? No one knows. Perhaps the kid sitting next to him at school was left-handed, and he’d decided that he was supposed to imitate her?

    Would that all problems might be resolved as easily and completely as that one…

  • Reply Lilian Nattel November 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Homeschooling each other sounds like a great plan! Btw, one of my children has always had excellent handwriting. The other child, who was at the opposite end of that particular continuum took to typing. I now send a netbook to school with her.

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