Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The First Report Card

I cannot be the only one…who finds them self disenchanted with their experience as a newbie Mama to public elementary school.  I have a variety of different reasons for my less than enthused feelings, one is the fact that the principle has already called me at work, got me really worried, and then dismissed the whole point of the call as "nothing really," and now I can add the first report card to my kindergarten dismay.

The impression I am making with that opening paragraph is that is that my delightful Sonny Boy didn’t get good marks, which would be incorrect, he didn’t get bad marks he received Satisfactory marks in almost every section.  With the exception of the “N” for Needs work in fine motor skills (his handwriting is a tell of his future as a prescription writing doctor), his teacher didn’t feel that he is exceeding any expectations or is outstanding in any of the weighed parameters on the report card. Come on…he isn’t a little above average in anything…joining in social interactions is one of the categories for crying out loud.

I know as a parent we are biased, our children are the BEST at everything (including driving us crazy), but there must be something the Sonny Boy is doing that is worthy of an Excellent or Outstanding…something! I don’t expect his teacher to lie or exaggerate anything that my Sonny Boy is capable of at his ripe old age of six, but I think offering a positive highlight of a facet of his abilities could encourage him to do better in the areas he is struggling.

I keep taking deep breaths and reminding myself that there are going to be teachers in Sonny Boy’s life that he won't make a great impression upon and there are going to be teachers that make him feel smart and confident, but most likely they won't be the same teacher at the same time.  Thus is life, I guess it’s good for Sonny Boy to learn this lesson now: it takes all kinds to make this world go round (and their not all going to be a fan of yours).

Could the Bob Books help?

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