Here it is, the summer before mini #1 starts kindergarten at a new school with new friends, teachers, and a uniform. And the kicker? He has summer reading before he can even technically really read. Sure, he can handle the basics like Cat, Hat, Bat, Sit, Dig, Fig, etc. But throw in a word with two vowels standing side by side (south), and it’s all over. So really? I guess that means Mr. Monogram and I have a summer reading list of 35 books that we are required to read and assess and talk about. I can’t tell you my eager anticipation of the many stimulating conversations ahead about Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten and about Henry and Mudge in a Puddle of Trouble (which, let me add, they should really consider changing to Mini #1 and mini #2 in a whole HELLUVALOTTA trouble). And I’m sorry, but I won’t even touch Whistle for Willie with a ten foot pole. We’ll be skipping that one. But are we expected to be examined on these the first day of school (because Monogram Momma’s got herself a spa day lined up to celebrate so I'm currently unavailable for testing)? So far this sheet says we have to initial next to every book we’ve read and the student and parents have to sign it. Again, they do know my child is just entering kindergarten right? I sure as heck hope they don’t have him signed up for 8th grade trigonometry b/c WOW-will they be disappointed that they accepted us! I really didn’t know I was expected to have him able to read on a Harry Potter level (complete with British accent no less I’m sure) before actually entering Kindergarten. I must admit, this puts a lot of undue stress on Monogram Momma. Hello? summer is my time for sunning and swimming. Apparently they just did not get the memo (I’m sure they will understand that though when I take him out of school for a week at the beach though).
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