My 9-year-old brings home his school work once a week. It’s my time to peruse what he’s been up to and see if he’s falling behind/soaring above expectations.
Last week’s pile of school work brought home a lovely letter about the Midwest that he’d written. It was kinda cute and I appreciated his eye for detail and enthusiastic tone.
However, he received a D+ on the assignment because he forgot to indent.
I asked him if he could re-do it and he said yes.
“Well, there you go, you’ll get a good grade if you do everything the same *plus* indent!” I cheered.
“What’s indent?” he asked.
Now I know full well the teacher may have taught him what it means to indent. He was quite possibly zoning out or dreaming about money when this topic was covered. Or, maybe the teacher just assumed that all 4th graders know what it means to indent and somehow my son missed this in previous grades.
In any case, I went to work. I grabbed a book.
“Here…” I started, opening Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Crap. The entire Diary of a Wimpy Kid series does NOT indent!
“Well, let’s look at one of your sister’s books,” I said gamely.
Crap. They don’t indent books at the kindergarten reading level, either!
“There’s always my blog,” I stated.
Crap. No, there’s not.
I pulled out the Bible. Wah-lah! God indents.
Thank you, God!
What have you tried to teach your kids lately?
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