My youngest hates school. Friends who know him see him at school and comment on how miserable he looks and it totally breaks my heart. The mother in me wants to pull him out, but I know he has a wonderful teacher and that as a strong willed child, being made to obey rules all day is probably really tough on him. He’s also a very clever child. His brother already tested gifted and I’m certain that Puff will too, and I’m concerned he is bored, not because he is exceptionally advanced educationally, but because he learns and remembers everything after being told once. I could advance him very quickly at home, but he doesn’t want to read and he doesn’t want to do math when he’s at home because “that’s what school is for”, but I don’t think they are pushing him fast enough.
Wow. That sounds like a horrible thing for a parent to say, but I mean it in the context of him being bored because he is learning so much faster than some of the other children in his classroom. Spud, my eldest was a super fast learner too, but would also happily live in his head and play there too whilst the other kids caught up. I see Puff as being the type to get into trouble whilst he’s waiting!!
Puff is also incredibly creative. He gets that from me. Yes, I’m very proud! I’m worried that his creativity has no outlet at school as it’s all about reading and writing and math with limited room for Art. I wish I could volunteer in his classroom for a while just so I can see what he’s doing and how his day is just to reassure myself, but they ‘frown on that’.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this. I’m briefly considering homeschooling him, but not sure how Spud would feel about his baby brother staying home and I wouldn’t home school him because he is flourishing in school and he really does love it (no matter how much he might say otherwise!) I’m briefly considering pulling him for the rest of this year (he’s a June baby) and trying again next year, but I think he would hate that all his friends from this year will be moving up and he won’t and educationally he’s going to be even more bored!
Ugh. Venting out loud, I guess. I’m going to go and request a conference with his teacher later and I’ll keep you all posted.
In the meantime,…. here’s Puff, attitude intact!
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