The other morning when I went to Family Friday, my son’s lovely Kindergarten teacher pulled me aside to show me the Pattern Book he had been working on. The idea is that one part of the storyline remains constant, which helps reinforce word recognition and teaches plot advancement, and that only the endings change. As we were approaching the wall, I didn’t have to see the name in order to recognize my son’s handiwork. He’s one of those boy-boys who loves superheros, bad guys, action and weapons. As you can see in the pictures, the refrain of the pattern book was “I cut off” (fill-in-the-blank) “bad guy’s head.” At first, my heart sank a little. I was sure the teacher was pointing it out in a worried what’s-the-deal-with-your-kid sort of way. Then she went on about his imagination and the level of detail in his stories. Though I was relieved, because I have taken the same position with him, I wonder whether I should be worried about the content of the drawings. I had a sister (aka a house full of girls) and my older son favors drawing ears and faces, so this superhero violent stuff is new to me. Anyone with boys care to weigh in?
- Parenting Advice