Tomorrow is the first day of Kindergarten for my 5 year old. Today was her Kindergarten assessment. We went in. She was shy. No surprise. It takes her a little while to warm up to new people and new situations. But she can handle it.
What, apparently, she cannot handle is homework. Yes, her teacher sent homework before school officially started. It was a piece of paper with 5 lines and her name written in highlighter at the top. The assignment was to practice writing her name. No big deal, right? 2 hours, much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth later and it was finished.
There is one major problem. She is a perfectionist. If she can't do it perfectly, she isn't willing to do it at all. I have seen her throw away countless pictures nearly completed because she messed up and couldn't stand it not to be perfect. I tried to explain that every one has to practice to get good at things like writing. There is a 'g' in her name and that is her downfall. So I suggested getting a piece of scratch paper an practicing until she felt confident. She responded by collapsing into a heap of despair.
I can't wait for more complicated homework.