Friday, August 17, 2012

Pressure in First Grade City


Oh man.

Our poor little Mo has it bad this year.

First grade.

Who knew that all the Kindergarten rests and the juice breaks and the round tables with little friends would evolve into...

GASP!

Spelling tests!?!?



I talked to her on the phone this morning on the way to school.

"Grandma," she said in her squeaky little voice, "I am having a spelling test today."

"Oh, wow!   That's cool, right?" 

"Grandma!" she said a little more loudly.  "Did you HEAR me?  I am having a spelling test today."

I thought for a moment.   "Well, that's kind of cool, isn't it?   I  mean, just THINK, you're going to learn to read."

"Grandma!"  she said in a discouraged little voice.  "One of my words is L - E - G!  L - E - G Grandma.  I don't even know what that spells."

"Momo," I tried to be comforting.  "Just sound it out...ellllll ...eheheh... guhguhguh...ellehguh!  LEG!"

She was quiet.

"Mo, are you there?" I inquired. 

"I'm here Grandma but I'm gonna be honest.  I think first grade is going to be hard."

Ahhhh...

Ahhhh...

My poor little Grandlittle.  Just trying to get a ellehguh up in first grade.

Sigh...

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18 comments:

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Yes, I guess that first grade has its challenges! It's good that she has a sympathetic ear in you!

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JDaniel4's Mom said...

Wow! I didn't realize they had spelling tests at the beginning of first grade.

Dazee Dreamer said...

Oh dear. Poor little thing. And we thought it was tough sending our own kids to school. Grandkids are just as bad.

Maggie M said...

Those first few days sometimes are just a bit hard but with a grandma like you sweet little Mo will be doing super in no time. What a lucky little girl she is to have you for a grandma. Hugs

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sweet girl! I hope it gets much better soon. Spelling tests are hard Grandma!!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Aw, that's so cute! I'm sure she'll be all about the spelling tests soon --

Ms. A said...

First grade is such a big difference from kindergarten. Tell her, have no fear... that's what spell check is for!

Pat Tillett said...

It can be pretty stressful, that's for sure. I hope she does well! I'm so glad, my kids are all adults. I do think it's harder in a way with grand kids though. When my granddaughter struggles with something, it gets to me more...
Great post!

Theresa said...

I have a first grader too:) Huge adjustments! We will help them, yes we will! Have a blessed weekend, HUGS!

anitamombanita said...

oh, she's so sweet!

Amy said...

That is adorable and funny and heart breaking all at the same time. Looking on the bright side, though, at least she can spell it, right? poor girl. Here's to first grade survival!

Jeanie said...

I bet she aced it---legs and all!

Jo said...

oh the harsh realities of grade 1 ... I remember thinking that my grade 1 teacher was the meanest ever ... could be because i was always talking ....
I'm sure Moe will do just fine ... she has big sisters to guide her ... and a family full of love!

Simone said...

So tough at that age to conquer being in school all day AND having a spelling test! I'm sure she did great! Give her a few months and she will be reading to you.

Emma Major said...

I'm in stitches; that's too funny.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, how precious! laurie

Sue said...

Hope she aced it. And if not, she's got an awfully nice comforter in g'ma.

;)

Busy Bee Suz said...

She is the funniest little thing....and NOT a little bit dramatic either. NOT sure where she gets it from. :)
xoxox