Saturday, March 02, 2013

Marissa's Class Work

Lately Marissa's been bringing home half-finished worksheets with notes from her teacher, telling us to have her finish the worksheets at home and return them. One was an intimidating-looking page of math problems that was half finished, with a note to time her on how long it took her to do the rest of the worksheet and report that back to the teacher.

We know her teacher pretty well since she was also Lindsey's 2nd grade teacher, and knew that this kind of work was not part of how she normally gets parents involved.

We suspect Marissa's been goofing off during school time, having too much fun chatting with her friends to complete the work in the classroom like she's supposed to. Still, it had us curious.

Then this past week I received an email from her teacher, which read something like this:

I am having Marissa bring her classroom work home for you to look at. PLEASE MAKE SURE SHE RETURNS IT THE FOLLOWING DAY. I wanted to make sure you saw it.

"Great," I'm thinking, "what is this girl up to now?"

Marissa traipses into the house and cannot wait to show me her work that her teacher told her to bring home.

"We're writing instructions," she says. "My instructions are on how to get a friend."

And she reads to us.

In case you can't get it to play, some of the instructions are:

1. Go to a school, any school.
2. Find a girl who looks like she is not a bully.
3. Ask her if she wants to play. If the answer is yes, then you can play together.
4. Make sure she has a good time.
5. Ask her about herself, and then ask her if she would like to be a friend. If the answer is yes, then you have a new friend! You are going to have lots of fun together.

Her teacher wanted me to see it because she thought it was so precious.

I was glad it wasn't instructions on how to open a bottle of wine.


  1. Awesome! What great advice for any age!

  2. Janey3:56 PM

    This is soooo good. I laughed out loud!

  3. This was a delight to read!