Yesterday Alex's teacher sent home his preschool progress report. [insert eyeroll here] It began with a checklist including everything from "works neatly" to "goes to bathroom alone" that were graded by either a check mark indicating "good work" or a "W" indicating "working on skills." Alex received all check marks with the exception of three W's for "Respects authority" (RESPECT MAH AUTHORITAH!), "Respects others' property" and "Follows classroom routines." None of this was a surprise to me. He never does what I say either and the only thing he routinely does at home is swipe his sister's crap, usually directly from her hands.
Academically speaking, Alex scored 100% on the test she included on the second page (number/letter recognition, letter sounds, shapes, etc). Again, no surprises.
His teacher also went on to write:
Basically, he's future president material. Obviously.
At home we continue to work on academics and he's making a ton of progress. A bunch of you get up in my grill every time I mention that yes, I homeschool my five-year-old ACADEMICALLY, but we're just Those Parents and academic excellence is always going to be really important to us. In fact, we already talk about college, mostly just by answering the phrase "I want to drive a Corvette someday!" with, "Well then you better go to college, Dude."
A couple weeks ago Alex caught me watching Wife Swap (shout out to my home girl Jonna! Holla!) and the episode featured one set of parents who, like Dave and I, were all EDUCATION OR DEATH and another set of parents who were adamant about getting their kid a PAINTBALL scholarship, not for college, but to play more PAINTBALL.
Now for the most part, I LIKED the paintballers WAY better than the edumacation people (who were portrayed as complete pricks, probably because they WERE), but that's not my point here. My point is that Alex overheard something about the paintball kids NOT going to college and his eyes got big and he grabbed my arm and said, "BUT WHY AREN'T THOSE KIDS GOING TO COLLEGE?! YOU HAFTA TO GO TO COLLEGE!" He was concerned about THEIR FUTURE.
Phase one of Operation Yuppification: COMPLETE.
[For the record, Alex still mainly wants to grow up and drive an excavator for a living, which is fine with us! He just has to go to college first.]
Math is his favorite subject and yesterday I gave him his first timed addition test. It surprised me when he pulled the sheet out of his workbook and wanted to do it, but I figured why not?
Fourteen correct answers in five minutes. Not bad for a future president!