I had my first parent-teacher conference with Son’s teacher. He started a new school this year and it’s been a bit of an adjustment. Not only has he had to make all new friends in a new school, but the structure is completely different. He’s also had a few issues – one, spending 20 minutes in the bathroom, another being too aggressive – so I was a little nervous.
It turns out he’s doing quite well. The teacher and I both agree that he is adjusting, but he’s getting the hang of it. She reminded me that he’s only been in school for 28 days, and when I looked at it from that angle, he’s doing great!
Son’s reading and writing need improvement, I feel like he’s been playing catchup since he started first grade, but he’s been improving every day. Reading at home for 10 minutes each night, I’m very impressed with how much he does get. He’s doing great at sounding things out. We decided to have him write a sentence in a journal every night to improve his writing skills. So far that’s been going well.
On the other hand, he’s really good at math, especially with money. I totally credit his grandfather, who, since he was old enough to not eat coins, would sit down with him on every visit and have him put money in his piggy bank. Pap Pap doesn’t just let him put the coins in, he makes Son say the name and the amount, then, once he had that mastered, started with addition and subtraction. Son’s teacher said every day they figure out how many coin combinations they can come up with for the day of the school year. She said she can count on Son to get the bonus question and he’s known as the Math Kid.
I’m bursting with pride! I also owe Pap Pap a huge Thank You!