As I sat filling out paperwork for Joshy's Kindergarten (YES, I said KINDERGARTEN!) registration, I came across a questionnaire asking for particular information about him that might be of help to the teachers.
Most of it was easy...until I got to the part that asked, "How many letters (Uppercase and Lowercase) can your child correctly identify?" I immediately thought, "that's a stupid question! of course he knows all of them!" But then I stopped myself...DID he know all of them? I don't think so. NOT EVEN CLOSE actually... My heart sunk as I realized that I don't even know the answer to this question BECAUSE I haven't been taking the time to teach him...
When I filled out Jakob's papers 2 years ago, I knew ALL the answers...because we practiced all the time, and HE LOVES LEARNING so it wasn't a struggle...it was fun. He was eager to learn.
Joshy is not so much that way...not even a little bit. Or if he is, I have YET to witness it. He has always been the "rough and tumble" kind of kid who would rather be playing and active than sitting down to read or draw or write... I think I've made the mistake of assuming he knows enough to start Kindergarten, and haven't played a big part in making SURE he knows his letters, numbers, shapes, colors, etc. For the most part he does...the kid is extremely BRIGHT and funny and animated...and stubborn. (he's a taurus if anyone cares! he's my little BULL!)
So...after writing down "approx. 20" as my answer (I figured that was a safe bet) I moved on to the next question which was "What number can your child count to?" Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... No clue. Again. At this point, I was feeling pretty bad...pretty guilty for not knowing because I wasn't practicing with him... I wrote down 30. Who knows if that's right? I am going to find out as soon as I'm finished typing this blog!
Even after feeling a little sheepish for not knowing those answers, I do feel good knowing that Joshy is one of the sweetest and funniest boys I know. I remember thinking that NO ONE could ever top Jakob's funny personality (when I was pregnant with Joshy...and Jakob was our funny toddler) and I'm not saying that Joshy's tops Jakob's in ANY way...but just that he is JUST AS amazing as Jakob, and I know he has immense potential, just like Jakob does. And I can appreciate their differences, and their similarities.
So, here's my sweet blue-eyed little 4-yr-old with the best curls EVER!!!!