Monday, March 08, 2010
Who knew half a dozen sentences could be so hard?
Know how, when you're waiting a minute or two on something (like, say, a pregnancy test or some microwaved popcorn), and it would normally go by really quickly, but it doesn't, because you're counting the seconds?
Yeah, helping a second grader write eight sentences about her favorite type of whale is just like that.
I write for a living. For me, pounding out eight sentences on a subject is no big deal. But between her utter lack of typing skills, and her penchant for being distracted, writing eight sentences on Killer Whales took an hour.
And we nearly came to blows when the photo of a whale (a requirement for the report) which I'd found wasn't deemed suitable by Her Redheadedness.
I had her leave the couch where we were sitting to work on the report, and sit on the floor on her hippo chair. Because I needed a minute to COOL DOWN, as it were.
But the report (which is due Thursday) is done. I still have to buy a folder to put it in, but that's no big deal - shopping I can handle.
Writing eight sentences with an eight-year-old? Not so much.
What? I have how many years until she graduates?
Somebody make me another pot of coffee. This is going to be a long decade.