My Son Is Ready For Kindergarten — Once He Learns to Rhyme

A couple of weeks ago, I took The Boy to register for kindergarten. “They,” of course, did an evaluation. The evaluator was blown away by The Boy (as I frequently am), until it came time to rhyme.

He wasn’t very good at it. The evaluator was puzzled. “He has all these sophisticated skills,” she mused. “How is that he skipped rhyming?” I shrugged, trying not to let my incredulity show. The Boy can sound out and read simple words and she’s concerned about his ability to rhyme on demand?

“It’s obvious you read to him,” she pressed. When I said nothing, she continued: “Well, he’s definitely ready for kindergarten. Just make sure that you get his rhyming up to specs over the summer.”

I’ll tell you what I didn’t tell her: The reason The Boy sucks so badly at rhyming is my fault. I never got into singing silly songs with him, or other such mothering standards. I like reading, and I’ll read to him for hours, but I’m not into singing kids songs.

When The Boy listens to music, you can bet it’s stuff like Glenn Miller (which he loves), The Killers, Sarah McLachlan, Mozart and another assorted big band, alternative and classical tunes. We sing Oingo Boingo’s “Stay” together, but I’m not singing “Did You Ever” with The Boy.

But I don’t want him to be put in some sort of “remedial” type kindergarten group, so I’m pulling out the suggested songbook from the kindergarten readiness packet I got. Looks like instead of enjoying REM’s new album this summer we’ll be rocking out to “Turtle Talk” and “We’re Going To The Store.”

I can’t wait.

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6 Responses to My Son Is Ready For Kindergarten — Once He Learns to Rhyme

  1. One of the most annoying aspects of our education system. It doesn’t matter what skills or intelligence we have but unless we assimilate to the “specs,” we are a failure.

    Grades are not a sign of intelligence, they’re just a score for how well you played the game.

  2. So true! It would be nice if we had the resources to focus on individual needs more. Which is why I suppose home school is becoming so popular.

    But I don’t have the patience for home schooling The Boy, so I’ll send him to public school and supplement with what he does at home…

  3. I was home schooled until High School and we home schooled our kids until Thomas Edison Charter School – South opened. It has been a wonderful compromise. My wife is VERY involved and it has been a terrific balance. I don’t know if it would be possible at a typical public school.

    I think that is the best solution right now. Use the resources of the school system, but stay as involved as possible.

  4. I think that you are right; a high level of involvement is needed no matter which method one chooses. I survived my public education, so I don’t mind having Gavin go — provided I involve myself and make sure he gets the added support.

  5. What to say about this? The school system is hard. They put pressure on the kids to do well in all the “specs” because they are graded on what the child does. I am glad I never had to do kindergarten testing. I think the boy is going to do well. I also agree with Jared if a parent is involved in the child’s education then it makes a huge difference!

  6. I understand that there has to be some sort of evaluation. But it just seems like there is too much emphasis on a laundry list of items and not so much on actually learning.

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