What Sophie’s Learning in Kindergarten

She has learned her letters, of course, and can now count with reliable accuracy. But she’s also learned a lot more:

She can sing the chorus to “I’m sexy and I know it” and “Heyyyy, sexy lady, whoop, whoop, Gangnam Style.” But she mispronounces “Gangnam”.

Immediately after singing these songs, she tells me, “That’s in-propriate.”

She can recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Yankee Doodle Dandy, and “For beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain…” Honestly, all this patriotic indoctrination strikes me as a little fascist. She tells me fervently that she loves her country. I tell her that I do too, but I also love other countries. Agreeably, she nods: “I love other countries, too, Mama. Like Texas.”

She has learned that the worst thing you can possibly be is a bully. She is firmly opposed to bullying, even though I don’t think she’s quite clear about what it is.

She knows the emergency procedures of her school by heart — especially since they reviewed their preparedness after the Newtown massacre. It’s a little heartbreaking.

She has decided that she no longer likes pink or princesses: those are babyish, to her now. Thank goodness. Apparently — a friendly mom has warned me — a passion for fairies is what’s coming next.

She has gotten quite skilled at monkey bars.



One response to “What Sophie’s Learning in Kindergarten

  1. Marla Doherty

    Starting Thursday, I’ll be volunteering an hour or so a week at a local kindergarten. Tell Sophie I’ll be thinking of her!
    xox, Aunt Marla

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