Today, we had a conference with ZB’s teacher to find out wth is really going on in there. We talked about a lot including his math work (inconsistent grades), reading comprehension (I mentioned this before on the blog, and his teacher agrees) since they’re soon going to start reading books on a 4th and 5th grade level, and of course, good ‘ol penmanship.
We are trying to learn if his frustration over how hard the work is is causing him to have trouble writing (he’s never expressed this), and if the math and comprehension are just too hard. It’s like all he wants to do is use his Manduka PROLite yoga and pilates mat. His teacher would like to keep him in the class, but I’m not so sure. She said he’s not progressing the way he should, and I guess I’m not surprised seeing that I had my doubts about the cluster class from the beginning. So, what DH and I have decided is to have him evaluated for learning disabilities (ok, DH actually wants to skip this part) and depending on the results, get him help, or move him to a regular 2nd grade classroom.
One thing that pissed me off is that during the meeting, the assistant principal popped into the room. She walked by the classroom earlier and said a (fake) hello when she me and DH. I bet she thought we would just see her yesterday, and then go our merry little way. She later came into the room under the guise of having to give something to ZB’s teacher. She interrupted our conversation and made it quite clear without actually saying the words, that she thought he would do better in another room. She went on about the other teacher’s experience, how well the kids in her class did, and blah, blah, blah. Oh, did I mention she’s(ass p) the school’s TAG coordinator, too? Boo!
Anyway, I just really want what’s best for DS. I even considered homeschooling for a bit. Right now, I still think that public school is the best place for ZB, despite the recent (aggravating) snags. That didn’t prevent me from taking The Well Trained Mind, The Unschooling Handbook*, Real-Life Homeschooling**, and a few others out from the library though. 😛 I think I’ll put those down and pick The New Public School Parent, Super Simple Origami, and A Child’s Book of Art*** up. I’m glad there’s no school tomorrow. I’m looking forward to just hanging out w/ my kiddos (I say that now…).
*I’ve actually taken this one out before, and like it! So, I won’t put it down.
**I read a few chapters, interesting, I’ll probably pick a few chapters to read.
A few other things:
Girlie upset the Advent box yesterday and since I didn’t have the envelopes numbered, I’m going to have to guess what activities went where.
Went to Reesie’s house to drop off Tristan’s present and she has a beeyotiful tree. I was trying to permanently borrow quite a few of her ornaments. She also inspired me to rearrange my trees. And so now the family ornaments are on the big tree where we can see them all the time.
I’m the world’s worst pancake maker. Really. Girlie can make better ones than me.
Speaking of Girlie, she doesn’t like syrup on pancakes or waffles, and comes home on Fridays singing songs in Spanish or telling me how to say random phrases in Spanish. She spends part of every Friday in the ESL kindy class. Hehe.