We're hosting Thanksgiving this year so I'm a crazy busy trying to ready things. So this will be short.
But I have a question. Especially for you educator types. Today I went into WonderGirl's class and helped with the literacy stations - usually games involving sight words and the alphabet and writing. The kids are all varying levels of ability. Today we did a word family activity where the kids would have a card with something on it like "_ig" and then some foam letters to put into that space and make a word, then write that word down. Like pig, fig, wig, etc.
My job was to help the kids out. Now I know they are all 5 and 6, but I'm wondering what is normal... since my child is anything but. I had some boys that only played with the foam letters and made shapes with them, and when I tried to help them they didn't know what direction to put the letters or what the letters actually were or the sounds they made. I understand they aren't reading like WG and that's fine - but the boys had a terrible time focusing. They'd stab their eraser, touch the other kid's letters, and after about 4 comments from me would write the letters down.
I've read how schools just aren't geared towards boys way of doing things, but what do I do in a situation like that? I have a boy now and I'm nervous about how he'll do in school. I'm not nervous about him being 5 and not knowing his letters or sounds - good golly, that was depressing - but if it's my responsibility to come to show them an activity and they need to fidget, where's the line between fidgeting and being off task? What do you expect out of kindergarten level boys?
Eeep. Thanks smart kids!