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Bored Two Months into the Year

Less than two months in school, my son is bored. At least, this is the impression left by my parent-teacher conference this evening and with my conversations with him.

I expressed it is my fault. We’ve spent his life exploring and tinkering. We’ve spent our days in buzz of maker spaces and the beauty of the outdoors.

We’ve gotten lost in microscopes, magnify glass, paints, Legos, theater, and storytelling. Books, iPad apps, sports, outdoor plat, and video games span hours of the day.

While we’ve fueled curiosity and wonder when boredom emerged, we’ve also embraced boredom as moments of pause and conversation.

This isn’t pat us on the back. Finn demands this world more than we provide it. This isn’t a knock on the teacher.

But my son is bored two months into the year. Why? The world that is his learning doesn’t exist in school so he isn’t motivated to explore deeper.

Right now, he has nearly mastered each goal of kindergarten. With six months to go, the standards and goals are complete. She seems great and Finn likes her a lot.

So he socializes, he looks to tinker, and he makes up his own ways of learning.
For example, the year long goal is that each child can count to 100.

Finn does that all the time and is playing with going backwards now. When the teacher asks him to do it, he got to 29 and decided to go 39, 49, 59… because it bored him.

It is frustrating that there is this reality that those students like Finn are left behind just as much as others leaving him two realities (ok, probably more):
1. Be bored most of the day
2. Get into trouble for not sitting there being bored.

In kindergarten, number 2 flies. As he gets older, not so much. I know… I was Finn 31 years ago.

I’m sad and torn by what to do…

  1. Fred Mindlin10-11-2013

    Try string games. If he becomes an adept, and can turn his teachers on to all the curricular connections and cognitive bi-hemispheric developmental advantages, he could begin finessing the system with independent study activities and extra credit projects that most teachers should jump at… Normally I’d wait til 2nd grade to do intensive string teaching, but with all his tinkering I’m sure he has the fine motor development and ambidexterity to do many simpler figures, and perhaps much more. Start with the Fish Spear and see if he likes it: http://youtu.be/jCP36czd6EQ is my Introduction to String Games.

  2. Justen Eason10-11-2013

    What about moving him up to first grade? I’m sure he could catch up on the first two months as most of it was probably review anyway.

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