Serious, Seriously?

On Monday, my son’s Spanish teacher emailed me to let me know that he was upset. He had forgotten about a quiz scheduled for that day, even though it was posted on her website and announced in class.

On Tuesday, he went to Freshman Registration Night at the high school he plans to attend next year. His schedule is going to be really tough. So while his teacher had recommended Spanish III, I suggested taking Spanish II, so he isn’t slammed from all sides.

Nope. “I should take Spanish III.”

“I don’t know,” I shook my head, imagining another four years of nagging and checking up on him.

“Mom, it’s time I took school seriously.”

Well, you can’t argue with that… until an hour later when I received a late-night, bail-out email from his Social Studies teacher, saying that he “probably knows this, and has yet to start… but please remind him to…”

“Aw man, I forgot!”

He didn’t even remember that it was his turn to bring snack today. How can you be a serious student when you can’t even remember snack?!


90 Percent in Spanish

My sixth grader is in a Spanish class where the teacher conducts 90 percent of class in Spanish, and the students are expected to aim for the same. He seems to be enjoying the challenge and often blurts out what he wants or what he did at school en Español.

There’s only one problem.

He says things like “Moi no comprendo!” and “Moi tengo hambre!” and “Moi gusto futbol!”

So we had to let him know that “moi” is “me”, not “I” and, more importantly…. French.


“It’s not Spanish. It’s French.”

But it’s so fun to say!”

Too bad you can’t get points for enthusiasm.