Calvin At School

We had an end of year conference with Calvin’s teachers last week.

Calvin has been playing better with the other children recently. He is able to listen and respond meaningfully so he can have actual conversations with them. He has taken to following T and G in school, trying to annoy them as a means of getting their attention. I liken it to the little boy who likes to tease/ annoy the girl that he likes because he doesn’t know how else to get her attention. The teachers have been working on getting them to play together. Calvin came home telling us about how he was ‘helping’ them during outdoor time. I don’t know how much ‘help’ that was. The very day we had a conference, he was telling us about how he was trying to play cannonball with the pile they made together and Heather told him to build another pile if he wants to wreck it since the other boys didn’t want to destroy their masterpiece.

Today, we saw him playing with his best pal, Cy. Cy was spinning around and asked Calvin to spin with him, Calvin just decided to run circles around him. They started chasing each other trying to push/ chop each other. What is it with boys and rough housing.

His teachers also commented on how he is better able to internalize what he remembers (from books etc) and later extrapolate the concept to other things later. For example, they were looking at a painting of a bird with cloud feathers and discussing why the artist painted it that way. Calvin remembered a book they read a few days/week ago about a bunny that was made out of a cloud and started this whole story about how it might be the same. They said he is definitely ready academically for kindergarten though he would certainly benefit from being able to develop socially in preschool. I agree though looking at the Chinese syllabus in Singapore, I tend to worry if I should be doing more to teach him.

They also asked us to encourage him to run about, kick a ball, ride a bike so he can play better with the other kids. He is still a timid boy who doesn’t like to go down tall slides but I understand because even at this age, I have a fear of going down some of them too. Maybe it’s the sense of uncontrolled falling that makes us insecure.

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