My sweet, adorable, charming, demonstrative little five-year-old boy went to the Principal’s office last week. He and a couple of other Kindergarten friends were having a hard time being quiet in circle time.
When the kids got into the car that day, the sister’s told me that Preston has some bad news to tell me. Then Preston, with a very sad look on his little face, told me that he DOES NOT want me to look in his folder. This could only mean one thing: a note from his teacher. So of course I looked in his binder immediately and it said, “Preston and some other boys went to talk to Mrs. Z today and he promised that he would behave better in circle time.”
I looked up from reading this note and the sisters looked worried. They were speechless, which rarely happens. Preston burst into tears. This is not the first time we have had a note in Preston’s binder, but it is the first time the kid had to take a trip to see the Principal.
We sat Preston down and talked to him about having good behavior in circle time. He listened until he didn’t want to anymore, kind of like in circle time, at which point he said “I don’t want to talk about it anymore.”
Well luckily for Preston, while he may talk too much and have a hard time following all the rules, his charm and wit saves him. It turns out his Principal finds him genuinely amusing. Every day she has a new story to tell me about the things that Preston says to her.
For example, one day Preston made a monkey in school that was almost as big as he is. It was quite nice and detailed. When his Principal saw Preston carrying it around she stopped him and told him just how much she loves the monkey he made. Preston looked up at her and said, “I’ll sell it to you if you want.”
In her discussion with Preston and the other boys about good circle time manners, the Principal said to them that if they continue to have a hard time, next time the moms and dads will be brought in to talk about it. Preston’s response to the Principal was “my daddy loves me very much.”
According to his Principal, Preston is good for a zinger a day.
When Chris was around Preston’s age and older, he spent considerable time by himself with his desk outside of the classroom. Chris’ parents were also involved in parent/teacher conferences on a regular basis to address Chris’ problems with always challenging his teachers and talking too much in general.
The apple does not fall far from the tree.
Speaking of apples, one of the moms in the Kindergarten class took this candid picture in which Preston can be seen ogling some apple donuts up at Apple Hill. His expression is priceless and proves just how he feels about the apple donut.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.