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    #58234 - 10/13/09 06:03 PM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: CourtneyB]
    Jamie B Offline
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    Registered: 04/12/09
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    Loc: Louisiana
    Haha...the fish story is cute smile My DS really needs to work on his handwriting too...and his shoe tying skills!

    Do you see the principal when you go volunteer? Maybe you can stop in his office and talk to him/her?

    Is GATE enrichment? DS gets 90 minutes of enrichment a week but honestly I don't know that it's helping. They mostly color and cut things out (which he hates). I think they also read books.


    Edited by Jamie B (10/13/09 06:04 PM)

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    #58251 - 10/13/09 08:43 PM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: Jamie B]
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    GATE is (I think) Gifted and Talented Education. I know at our school they offer after school programs like Art, Music, fun science stuff but what I don't know is whether they offer anything at all during school hours. Either way it doesn't start until 3rd grade frown

    I volunteer tomorrow morning (only day my dd4 goes to school) and I have an hourish after that until K gets out so I may try to talk to him then. I will probably go home and call though so that I can double check my email first, lol.

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    #59039 - 10/21/09 11:58 PM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: CourtneyB]
    mom2twoboys Offline
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    Registered: 04/02/09
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    Loc: Maryland
    Everyone's been quiet around here recently. Hope all your kids are doing well. Anyone have any updates to share?

    My little baby step with DS5 is that I finally tracked down the reading specialist yesterday, who has agreed to do her own assessment of him. We had a really good chat about both his reading and writing that he does at home. And she was surprised to hear that he's only getting his pullout two days per week instead of every day, so she's going to investigate and get back to me.

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    #59052 - 10/22/09 06:41 AM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: mom2twoboys]
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    Originally Posted By: mom2twoboys
    Everyone's been quiet around here recently.


    Just been contemplating the meaning of life. Actually I have been quite busy with work, kids, and now jury duty. Yay. I have a conference for DS this afternoon that I am a little anxious about. He had been doing better overall with behavior but has had a rough week with little annoying behaviors and was the worst yesterday. His teacher said we will talk about it more at the conference...it is all quite annoying to me because it is only a 20 minute conference and I don't want to spend it talking about how he is immature in the classroom. I know he is a year younger than the other kids, I know that he does goofy things to keep himself ammused. Nothing awful but he just does dumb things (talks while the teacher talks, swings around on things, runs and slides in the hall)I would rather spend most of the conference finding out if they have actually been doing the things academically that they said they would do as it appears from what DS says that they have not been. Also I have generally seen a pattern between the work they give him and his behavior. We will see. hopefully it will be a positive meeting. I got to go to a birthday party with DS and some kids from his class the other day. He behaved fine there, but he didn't interact much with the other kids at all. They talked to him from time to time, and it seems like they like him but he is not all that interested. He did strike up conversation with adults a couple times, and a few times with a kid. He tends to act more goofy with people when he is not sure how to communicate verbally. When I ask him why he didn't talk much with the kids he said "I don't know what to say to them." He is not shy at all though. He has never been shy about anything. I think he just can't relate with the things that interest them. He does like being with the other kids though.

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    #59054 - 10/22/09 06:43 AM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: mom2twoboys]
    Jamie B Offline
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    That's good progress mom2twoboys!

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    #59055 - 10/22/09 06:45 AM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: Jamie B]
    Jamie B Offline
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    Good luck shelly...I wouldn't want to talk about his behavior the whole conference either. Do you think he needs to move up another grade? Can't they see that when he's bored he acts up?

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    #59056 - 10/22/09 06:45 AM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: Jamie B]
    Jamie B Offline
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    I posted in the Advocacy section and that's kind of my update. I'm mostly frustrated.

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    #59117 - 10/22/09 02:41 PM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: Jamie B]
    shellymos Offline
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    Loc: New York
    Hmmm....well thankfully she didn't focus on the behavior too much, other than that he is immature..but also noted he is a year younger. Neither of us are sure why he does the things he does. But she seems good in that she sets limits and doesn't seem to give in. She says that she feels bad about holding him accountable because it may be harder for him, but she holds the other kids accountable. I totally agree that he should be held accountable and not be allowed to run down the hall or answer "peanut butter and jelly sandwich" when she calls on him class. That is clearly not okay.

    About the academics, they are trying and have made some good changes to his plan. But there still needs more work done and I am waiting from the principal to get back with me on some questions I have for her. I can't really complain at this point....although by Christmas I may be able to. We will see : )

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    #59151 - 10/22/09 07:31 PM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: shellymos]
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    Registered: 05/22/09
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    It sounds like his teacher is really trying. That's great!

    Wolf is signed up to do a 1000 word novel in the young writer's program for National Novel Writing Month www.nanowrimo.org . He's decided it's going to be able the video games Zelda, one of his favorite topics even though he doesn't play. We're getting to skip phonics (that he would have finished by Christmas break anyway) to do it. We're also just about to pretest another 10 weeks of spelling words so we can just do the ones he doesn't know.

    He's getting along great with the other kids in the program, mostly hanging out with two 11 year olds since they are the ones that show up to the field trips, but the dynamic is great and the articulation and thought levels are similar so it works. Wolf is 5 if I've forgotten to mention that recently. I keep forgetting it myself!

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    #59168 - 10/23/09 06:33 AM Re: Kindergarten 2009-2010 [Re: Wyldkat]
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    shellymos - your story is so similar to my ds's at this point. He was very upset yesterday b/c he got his goody bag taken away (they had a birthday "party" in class). And of course, he reacted much different than the other student who got hers taken away - though thankfully it wasn't a full tantrum. For us, this is actually a good thing - that he's definitely being treated the same, which will help teach him more about consequences for his actions. Now I just have to work on Dad, who wants to punish him again for things he's already received punishment for... one is enough, unless it's a drastic issue.

    As for us, DS got his 9 week report card last week - most of it was based on K stuff and not 1st stuff, since he was only in 1st for about a week of the first 9 week session. He got all 3s & 3+s (3+ is the highest "grade"). And got all S's on behavior, except 2. He got P's (I forget what exactly that stands for), but both were in self-control areas, which has always been hard for DS (i.e., patiently raising his hand instead of blurting out the answer).

    And we're quite impressed with the things he has learned since moving up, and while there are a lot of things that are still "review" for him, the fact that there are new challenges is really working as a good balance for him. Socially, he's doing great (my biggest worry)!!!

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