First thing he says to principal?

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Registered: 02-06-2009
First thing he says to principal?
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Thu, 09-02-2010 - 1:04pm

It's my 9 year old's very first day of this very new school after 2 years at home with me. We were walking past the principal to get to his class and she says hi to him. There was some brief exchange about which direction he should go, each way leading to his class, kind of like a square- to get from one corner to the opposite corner, either way is fine.

So she says something about your class is that way...

And he says "WHO CARES!"

She told him to be nice. We kept walking. He had no idea that was rude since he really meant either way is fine... that "who cares" is the same to him as "either way" or "doesn't matter"... to me that was NOTHING. Oh no right?!

And to top it off we were way early and the school bell was way late because of loss of power the night before.

He tried to interact with one girl... he said something like "KITTY KITTY" and weird motions while laughing... and she just looked at him confused like "what the heck is with this kid?"

He quietly tole me that there was a kitty on her folder...

What have we gotten ourselves into? :/

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 8:12pm

We too get the statements that sound rude but are either blatantly factual or quotes from something that seems appropriate to him at the time.

                                

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Registered: 02-28-2008
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 3:51pm

No words of wisdom here, just a heartfelt 'I hear you'.

Graham often comes out with phrases that he's heard somewhere else, but in this case just come across as rude. We try to explain the 'rule' for that phrase, but it's a slow process since they don't generalize well and often don't really think things through before they blurt things out.

My only solace for you is that the staff will get used to your son's quirks and social gaffs and will help you try to educate him and extinguish them. The other students are a different matter.....in our case, Graham had been with them since K, so they all knew what Graham was like. Hopefully, he'll find some forgiving souls to befriend him.

Best of luck with the transition to public school.

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson
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Registered: 02-06-2009
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 2:01pm

I forgot to add his interactions with a para educator/ parent of one of the students in his class.

The man said he's a slave to the school and under paid.

My son says "You're not a slave because you're paid to do it. Little work means little pay."

So every single interaction went oddly...