Buzz finally had his occupational therapy evaluation, beginning the effort to ready him for kindergarten next year. Most of the activities he succeeded well enough at. He has trouble paying attention and it’s a lot of work to get him to follow directions, but his motor skills have never been a problem. She asked him to copy what she drew, and he did. He stacked blocks and threaded beads, all with ease.
Then came the scissors.
Apparently, kids are supposed to know how to use scissors by age 3. Really? Is giving a 3 year old a pair of scissors really a good idea? I was shocked when I heard this before at Jedi’s school registration this past fall and I’m still shocked. A 3 year old, or even 4? With scissors? That’s just crazy.
The therapist handed him a pair of safety scissors, though, and I wasn’t expecting much. But it only took a few seconds for him to get the motion down before he was slicing his way through a piece of paper.
“Very good!”, she encouraged. “You’re really good with those.”
Yes, he was. Possibly too good for comfort. If I wasn’t keeping him away from scissors before, I definitely am now. Lest all his hair be chopped in patches, my curtains shorn to shreds, and my favorite sweater nothing but strips of fuzzy fabric. Because safety in regards to scissors is a misnomer when it comes to a boisterous, and clearly capable, 4 year old.