Report Cards

Summer holidays are here! Luckily, this year the girls are in daycare, so I don’t have to tear my hair out wondering how to keep them busy for two whole months. It’s difficult enough on weekends! Daycare, in retrospect, has a wonderful addition to our lives. They have a good gang of friends, a group of 15 or so, and a nice set of care givers who seem to have no trouble keeping 15 kids under 5 busy and happy. Sometimes, when I leave office a few minutes early, I actually feel bad about pulling them out of daycare when they are having so much fun with all their friends!

On Thursday, we went to their school – leaving them at daycare – to pick up their report cards. Sad to say, report cards come in the shape of computer printouts nowadays. Our girls’ report cards were almost identical – they don’t know their number symbols yet (0-9), and they aren’t interest in writing. But, they’re great conversationalists. They have separate gangs and don’t stick to each other all the time – which was good to know – but they do mimic each other. So, if one is being naughty, the other will be too. And if one can be made to toe the line, the other follows automatically.

None of this was really surprising. What was surprising was to see the art work the kids had done. They had coloured butterflies, caterpillars, and fish – neatly, inside the lines, and even using different shades for eyes, wings, and fins! They had cut out and painted paper christmas trees and stockings. They had made flowers out of coloured paper and ice cream sticks. They had sprinkled glitter onto paper to make the curved shape of a snail’s shell!

Of course I have to say hats off to the teachers for having the patience and inclination to make 30-odd kids do these activities neatly and to completion; but… my kids can do all that!? Wow!? At home, they just scatter the crayons all over the house, tear up their drawing books, fight, and come crying for help! What magic do they wield at school to turn these undisciplined, unfocused balls of energy and frustration into budding artists!?

We also discovered in school that the girls do actually eat their snacks every day. This is surprising because they have insisted on taking bread and marmalade every day for the last three months! If I give them something different, even if it is roti and marmalade, it comes back uneaten. So I wondered if they were really eating their bread everyday, or what. Apparently they not only ate it, they finished it very quickly and then looked for more interesting stuff in their friends’ tiffin boxes. It had become such that one of their friends went home and told his mother everyday, “give more of this, Mrini and Tara will like it; don’t give that, Mrini and Tara don’t like it.” And of course, his doting mother did just that!

So – this manipulation and exploitation of the opposite sex starts at this tender age, does it!

And now there’s no more school for two months. When the girls go back in June, they will no longer be the “babies” of their class. And it’s just the other day that they started school!

6 Responses to Report Cards

  1. Sadia says:

    What fun to read your daughters’ school exploits! I especially like that they choose the choice morsels from their friends’ tiffin boxes. (BTW, it’s been about 15 years since I heard the phrase “tiffin box”!)

  2. poupee97 says:

    Sadia: Heh heh – tiffin boxes – I don’t even know how many people here use the term any more. It’s what I grew up with, so I still use it, but maybe it’s more of a “northie” thing. I think snack box or lunch box is what it’s replaced with, but really – that doesn’t convey the same sense of small school-going kids. So until the twins grow up and start to correct me, tiffin boxes it shall be. πŸ™‚

  3. Supriya says:

    So nice to read that schools actually do something with these kids. I’ve had my doubts all this while. Tomorrow is our day under the sun. Of course, p has only gone to school for 2 months or so. Still, should be interesting to see what she did in those months.
    And about bread and marmalade – I must say that I hit bullseye with it too. Most of everything else came back uneaten. So either schools hire a bread marmalade monster to eat the kids’ lunch or kids really like the combo. πŸ™‚

  4. poupee97 says:

    Supriya: Do you think there’s a nexus between schools and bread and marmalade manufacturers??? We may be on to something here! πŸ˜€

  5. Prakash says:

    Amazing to learn what all M&T have learnt in school πŸ™‚

  6. Supriya says:

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ What a thought. πŸ˜€

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