Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Everything I needed to learn in life I learned in Kindergarten.

It is nearly the middle of September and Cody has only had two days of school so far, but all is going very well. Some of you know Cody is a bit of a brain and he often amazes us with the things that come out of his mouth. I'm sure I have shared the odd one of his brilliant sentences in here and I have a whole document on my laptop devoted to the funny or amazing things our boys say. Cody really is a remarkable boy in that he is not only extremely intelligent for his age, he is also emotionally intelligent. By that I mean, he is very adept at identifying and expressing his own feelings. I love this quality about him because it makes it easy for me to connect with him and I can really help him work through things.

Having said that, let me share with you what Cody learned on his first day at Kindergarten. He has a fantastic teacher, in case I have not mentioned it before. Well, when Cody returned from his first day of school last Thursday, he had a few things to share with me. His class had watched a little movie and I guess they did a whole lesson about emotions. Of course, I thought that was wonderful. He told me they all acted out a bunch of emotions and pretended to cry, laugh...etc. I approved wholeheartedly. How could I not.

Then in the kitchen while I was preparing supper, Cody was doing some drawing at the table. He really enjoys drawing now and it's a great way for him to be creative and quiet for a while. It usually cuts back on fights too. Then he showed me his drawings. The first one was of himself. It was different from Cody's usual drawings because it had a huge smile. He was practicing drawing emotions! How lovely! Here is his first drawing.

If you zoom in on it, you can see the big mouth, open in a nice smile. Aw!

The next drawing was of Jamie. In it, Jamie is sad, crying I think, though it is hard to tell because of a large scribble where his mouth should be. It turns out he was sad because somebody hit him. Hm. Okay, not as sweet as his drawing of himself, but we could let that slide. After all, he is still drawing an emotion, and that is great for his development. Here is the picture of Jamie.

You can kind of see the tears under his eyes. I'm not sure what happened to his mouth. Maybe it was bleeding.

Then he told me he had another one to show me. I went over to see it. Oh my! "This is you!" he told me, with pride and a big smile. "You're angry." Here is the drawing of me.


So as you can see, Cody is learning a lot in Kindergarten, and he is kind enough to share that wonderful knowledge with his family. How touching. As it turned out, the drawing of me was angry because someone had hurt Jamie in his drawing. Oh, okay. That does make it somewhat better. Still, I cringe to think of what type of reaction Cody's teacher will have when she asks him to draw a picture of his mother and this is the result. Freud would have loved it. 

There is not much else to say today. I mean really, what more can I say? If a picture is worth a thousand words, I think it speaks for itself. I will be keeping that one in my treasure box forever.

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