How is the school year starting out?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
How is the school year starting out?
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Tue, 09-17-2013 - 4:22pm

Everyone has been in school at least a week or two by now, some an entire month.  How is it going so far, any observations, challenges, things that were easier than expected?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-12-2003
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 12:23pm

My oldest SHOCKED me the other day by saying he actually was likely school this year. He is excited about tech ed and spanish and happy he no longer has to do music or art. But we also haven't had a full week yet so we shall see. I have parent night tonight so should be interesting

My youngest is in a different school, kindergarten, and he started last week and on his second full week (oh private vs public my private school kid full week first week my public school the first week we went 3 days, next 2 weeks 4 days...easing them in I guess ... insert eye roll) so far so good for him but its going  to be a LONG year!!

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 3:02pm
My middle one has been in 1st grade almost a month now. Its going well for the most part. This teacher is an older teacher, more disciplined and structured class and I think she's actually doing better in the more structured class. She's having some self esteem issues, "nobody else is afraid of things", "I can't read as good as so and so in class", etc. so we are really working on this with her. I had to bite my tongue the other day when she said something about so and so reading so much better than her, maybe its more me feeling bad that i don't get to spend as much time with her on reading, but the girl she was complaining about has a SAHM who has been the classroom mom last year and this year, she made these cake pops for kindergarten graduation, each one looked like each individual student. All i could think of was well, they have plenty of time to work on reading, no wonder so and so is reading at a 3rd grade level. sigh...
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Registered: 09-12-2003
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 6:32am

oh I hate working mom guilt. All we can do is the best we can. Make the most of the time we have with them. I roll my eyes everyyear when we get the read for 30 min a night. OK we get home at 6, dinner by 6:30, then regular homework which depending on what gets done in after school could be close to 8 before he is done and ok he has been in school from 8 to 5:30 LONGER then you so yes I am lettng play or watch TV before bed. Maybe his reading suffered but you are the teacher I am just a parent. My education is also not in teaching. He struggles and I don't have the resources to understand how to help like someone with say a teaching degree would...We also have ADD you get the benefit of the medication, I get the kid who its worn off on and I can't give him more so its a lossing battle....

OK sorry my rant over. I'm all for structure and displine, thats why I am living the catholic school over the public. Less hand holding more learning to do it himself. As for showoffs, in my experience it usually blows up in their face just be patient. Kids start off school at different level. Some have preschool some don't, some have those over involved parents, some don't but come 3rd or 4th grade they level off and there is less of a range in skills. Our special ed teacher told us this years ago and starting to see DS more on the same level even with his special needs.

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