A lesson in 5 year old comprehension.
Believe it or not, Sammy has homework in Kindergarten. Things have sure changed since I was in school…..
Tonight he had to read 3 paragraphs, and then follow the very specific directions afterwards to test his comprehension.
First story was about a kid who likes going to the park. That was the first sentence, “I like going to the park.” This was followed by the things that he could do (swing and slide), and the things he had trouble doing (monkey bars). He asked his parents to take him to the park…..they are taking him on Saturday.
I know this, because it’s burned into my brain. I will never forget that he likes the park, and the slide, and the swing, and the monkey bars. I know he is going on Saturday. I will carry that knowledge with me forever.
Sammy stumbles through the paragraph. He is only 5…. I still have to help with some words. Invariably, by the time he is finished, much of what he has read is lost. I guess that’s the point of this exercise, to help with retention and comprehension.
First question to answer after the reading: “Where does the boy like to go?”
Sammy ponders….. “The playground!”
No. There is no playground. Now that you know the question, start reading again and see if you can find the answer.
Guys. He literally read that paragraph 3 times. And came up with 3 different answers… none of which were “the park”.
And this is how I know for sure, without a doubt…. I was not cut out for teaching.
I would not give him the answer…. but I was dying, at first inside…but my suffering did spill out for everyone to see. It went on, we had to circle things with a red crayon, underline with a blue crayon, box things with a purple crayon. So many steps, so difficult for me to hold back from just TELLING him what to do.
We got through it. I really think we both need points for this one.