Last week, although he loved school, Anderson did have one instance in which he was sort of reprimanded by the teacher. He says she was talking and he was talking and she told him not to talk so he stopped. We asked him who he was talking to and he said “to myself”. I had to laugh at that. I had told his mom that they should talk to him before he started school and tell him what was appropriate for kindergarten and what was not. Kindergarten is real school and he’s not used to that. He’s used to preschool where they pretty much “suggested’ that he do things and if he didn’t want to, it was okay. Kindergarten isn’t like that!
The talking to himself is interesting, too. When he first started Head Start the year before last, the teacher was concerned because he was too quiet. She said he didn’t talk to anyone and he didn’t “pretend play” she had him checked out by the district psych staff. Of course, when they observed him one-on-one, he was fine. They were actually very impressed with how advanced he was for his age. The 2 hour observation period was cut short after just a half hour because they felt it was not necessary. He was, since then, encouraged to “pretend” and talk to himself in his pretending. He’s gotten quite good at it. He plays a game on the Kindle tablet called Mixels. It’s a Lego program in conjunction with the Cartoon Network. The good guys are Mixels. They’re colorful and each has a different power. The bad guys are tiny figures that are multi-powered and are black. They are called Nixels. The Nixels chase the Mixels all over and they gang up on the Mixels.
Anderson’s thing now is that when we are someplace and there are a lot of people around that we don’t know, he says they are Nixels coming after us and we have to hurry and get out of there! He pretends to talk to the Mixels. He does it all the time. I think he was probably talking to the Mixels when the teacher asked him not to talk. He doesn’t quite understand why he can’t talk to Mixels when he needs to get away from the Nixels (which is really anyone he doesn’t know and he doesn’t know anyone in the class). His mom and dad didn’t have that talk with him. I guess I’ll have to be the bad guy and talk to him about that.
I think it’s going to be an interesting time getting used to kindergarten and real school!