Thursday, August 22, 2013

Meet Pink P, Kindergartener Extraordinaire

Pink P's kindergarten teacher asked us to spend a page telling her about our children. I'm not sure this is what she meant, but here's what I wrote. Maybe I'll chuck the whole thing and start over.

* Pink has moved five times in her five years of life. Two of these were major moves (to Japan and back and from one state to another). Fortunately, Pink has always been good at making friends. 
*We try not to make a big deal out of her allergies. She loves it when she meets other kids with allergies, and she knows how to be careful about food. That said, she doesn't really get why such vigilance is so important. 
*Sometimes Pink can be quite ornery. I'm sure, in part, this is because she's the middle child, a girl stuck between two brothers. It doesn't help that her older brother demands attention due to his ASD and her younger due to health issues and general two-year-old boy shenanigans. 
* She's got a great sense of humor. She loves well. She loves big, and she loves often. 
*Pink has quietly mastered some impressive skills. She essentially taught herself how to tie her shoes, for example. So, for all her timidness and anxiety, she takes some pretty big steps on her own without even asking for help. 
*For the longest time, she would only wear pink dresses. She is more girly than I ever was, and she has a very clear sense of style. She insists on non-matching socks and loves it when her grandma paints her toe nails (something her mom refuses to do). 
*She likes Hello Kitty, princesses, ballerinas, horses, and unicorns. 
*Pink spent most of the first 18 months of her life in Japan, so her first language was Japanese. When we moved back to the US, she refused to speak for months. Now she can hardly speak Japanese at all, though we are trying to teach her. She's proud of her Japanese-ness and likes to tell other people she can speak Japanese (even though her pronunciation is pretty bad). 
*Her father only speaks to her in Japanese, so she often ignores him. 
*She's a great artist. She gets that from her dad. 
*Since her schooling experience has been so different from her brother's, I sometimes feel like I'm not "doing it right." It's great that I don't have to "micromanage" her day like I do for him, but I often worry that I will overlook or underplay something that's important to her. 
So, what do you think? What kinds of things do you write when the teacher asks you to tell him/her about your child? Help me out here!


NOLA said...

This is perfect. I would have loved to have gotten such information from parents of all my students.

Mama Allen said...

I love this! The more you share (here and in the comments on my blog), the more I adore you!

I totally get your worries that you aren't doing enough for the Pink P. I was so much more hands off with Thing 1 than Thing 2. Thing 2 is brilliant, but he needed (needs) LOTS of outside supports and structure to get through a school day (any day, really). They are in their 20s now, and I still worry that I've shortchanged my daughter. And the Evil Genius, well, sometimes I wonder if he's somehow raised himself! He turns 13 this weekend and starts 7th grade in another week... Hey, we're all doing the best we can with the stuff we have to work with, eh?

You've crossed my mind often during the past few weeks. I hope starting school brings SOME semblance of "normal" for y'all.

Hang in there!

Chris 'n Rachel said...

Yes! Well written. I never know what or how much to share on those forms. I don't want to be the mom who gets over specific about stuff (usually with my son who has some anxiety and sensory issues). I think you did this really well. You've included stuff that doesn't necessarily pertain to school but it gives a great sense of Pink. Love it! ~RachelG

Princess Morag said...

I like. And I totally get the anxiety about not writing the 'right' thing.

FMBMC said...

I like it. It perfectly describes her.

Besides, it's got to be better than the conversation my sister overheard between the teacher and another parent at her daughter's 1st grade orientation. "My [precious little snowflake] was in a VERY advanced private kindergarten. If she's bored, feel free to advance her to 2nd or 3rd grade." Umm, really?

Lisa W said...

I am a teacher. I would be so very grateful to receive a letter like yours. So often I have wondered what was happening with a child and how I could help. Teachers are often left fumbling in the dark. Thank you for being honest.

Shelley said...

I think it's perfect!

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