I know that Maxfield is only 3, well 3 years and 5 months to be exact, but I am starting to become concerned about his future education. He is already showing signs that he may not do very well in school. I am trying to come to terms with the fact that he may not get an academic scholarship. I don’t know how he will get good grades in basic elementary school classes.
Take Math for instance. He knows his numbers. He can count but when it comes to simple addition and subtraction he seems to just not get it as evidenced by this very common conversation in our house.
“Dad, can I have a cookie?”
“Sure Max. But just one.”
He reaches into the cookie jar and pulls out two Oreos and places one in each hand.
“Max, I said just one.”
“I only have one.” He says holding up his left hand.
“No you have two.” I say pointing to his right hand.
“No I only have one.” He says holding up his right hand. “And I only have one here.” Again with the left hand held up.
“But Max, one plus one equals two, and I said you could only have one.”
“NO! I only have one here and one here. That is only one.”
He is having trouble with basic math, so I was thinking that maybe he will excel in English class. But then I started to think what English consists of, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Structure. Punctuation, Grammar, and I know I suck at these, so he does not have much hope.
Take Reading Comprehension for example. I have to read the same book to him 4 or 5 times a night.
“….and the little red caboose saved the train. The end.”
“Read it again Daddy.”
“But I just read it. Let’s read another book.”
“No. Read Little Read Caboose again.”
I don’t think he comprehends the story.
His English and Math skills are lacking, maybe he will take an interest in History. History is not so much about remembering dates but more about learning about how events have shaped us as mankind. Dates are important because, what has happened before, shapes the future. I don’t think Max understands this.
“Daddy can I play with my trains?”
“Sure. Where are they?”
“Mommy took them away.”
“Because I hit Wyatt.”
“Well then no you cannot play with your trains.”
“Because you have to learn not to hit Wyatt.”
“But that was before. I want to play with my trains now.”
I don’t think he gets history.
I think I am going to have to start working on his athletic abilities in hopes of him getting a scholarship.