Thursday, May 16, 2013

Kindergarten Screening

I feel like I have been a mom forever, and yet, I am just now entering the world of the public school system.  Okay, not me, but my kids are.  My oldest, Josh, is going to Kindergarten next year.  In some ways I am really sad because he is so cute and sweet and I will really miss all his help.  Then again, I know he is already bored out of his mind and CANNOT wait for school to start. 

So today, he had his screening.  Sounds kind of scary to me, "we screen these children brought to us to see if they are good enough."  I know Josh is super smart and would have no problem and probably knows most of what he will even learn in Kindergarten (okay, I don't know that for sure, but still), but well, like I said, he is Tyson's son, and sometimes doesn't like to give the right answers just because someone expects him too. 

Like his five year old doctor appointment went like this:

Doc: "Can you draw me a circle?"
Josh: "Sure."  Then draws an x.
Me: "Josh, draw a circle."
Josh: Huge sigh, "Fine."  Draws a circle.
Doc: "Great, now can you write your name?"
Josh: Sly smile.  "Sure!"  Then writes C-A-M-I.  Looks up with a proud smile.
Me: "Josh, YOUR name."
Josh: Another sigh.  "Fine."

A few minutes later, he takes his hearing test.

Doc: "Okay, this is going to be really fun, every time you hear a beep, you say 'beep!'  Okay?"
Josh nods his head.
It is silent for a few minutes while the machine beeps occasionally.
Doc: "Did you hear any beeps?"
Josh: "Yup, five of them."
Doc: "Oh, haha, okay, when you hear one you say beep okay?  That way I know you hear it."
Josh: "I know."
Doc: "Okay, here we go."
Machine beeps, again Josh is silent.
Doc: "Did you hear the beeps?"
Josh: "Yeah.  I didn't feel like saying anything."
Doc: "Well, I really need you to say something when you hear them okay?"
Josh: "Alright."
Machine beeps, Josh yells "GRAVY!"
Machine beeps again, Josh yells "CORN!"
And thus is continues.  I don't know if I should laugh or be mad.  But it was too funny to be mad.  She did say "say something."  She recommended he come back in a few weeks so they can try again and make sure he can hear okay.  I just laughed and told her it would be pointless.  I have full confidence he can hear just fine.

So needless to say, I was a little afraid he would either be terrified or...a stinker for his screening.  So I decided to send him with his dad instead of me, since I apparently am not a good influence on him.  So Tyson knowing just how to handle Josh, told him that he was excited for him to show everybody how smart he is.  And if he didn't do a good job, he would be stuck with Mama for another year.  So Josh woke up WAY excited to go to his school this morning and even got all dressed up.  So precious.  And I guess knocked the socks off everyone there.  He "can't remember" anymore all the questions they asked him.  But he has been having Caleb sort things by color and finding things that are similar all morning since he got back.  I asked him if that is what they made him do and he said "No, I just thought of this."

I don't know about this kid of mine.

Or my husband, since he brought home an application for me to sign up for the PTO.  I don't know how I feel about this.  At least he didn't sign me up without my knowledge.  :)

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