Katie had her first homework assignment last night. Her preschool teacher sent home a practice sheet in Katie’s backpack. They are learning to write the letter A. When I took the sheet out of the backpack, Katie was very pleased.
“I have homework,” she announced. “Like Maddie.”
She smiled proudly, and I could tell she felt like a very big girl. I settled her in at the kitchen table and gave her a sharpened pencil. She wrote her name at the top of the paper, and I snapped a quick photo to commemorate the milestone.
Katie got to work tracing the letter A and then writing some As herself. I noticed she wasn’t forming the letters the right way, so I bent down to help.
“Nooooooooooo, Mommmmmmy! I can do it! I don’t need help! I’m doing it my way! Stoooooop Mommy!”
“But, Katie, I’m – ”
“I CAN DO IT!” she screeched.
I set down the pencil and walked slowly over to the stove as Katie glared at me. I stirred the rice silently and let her finish her work… her way.