Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Our children are brillant! :-)

Parents are allowed to brag right?

Last night were parent teacher conferences and first stop was Jaden's teacher (1st grade)... Jaden received 4 out of 4 in every area (reading, writing, math, science, PE, art, music, etc, etc, etc).  Would you still be impressed if I told you it was a self assessment?  :-)  Clearly Jaden thinks he is a rock star at school!!!  But truth be told, he is doing well.  He has already started math extensions with one other boy in class.  They pull the advanced kids out of class in order to provide more challenging math concepts.  He was in it last year too.  He has already surpassed the reading and writing expectations for the end of the year, so his teacher will have to continue to find ways to challenge him.  He is reading through the Magic Tree House books all on his own now!  Go Jaden!!  According to the teacher, he is also very well liked and respected by his peers.  The only negative aspect of the conference was when I mentioned a growing concern of Jaden about recess.  Seems one of the girls from his class last year chases him all through recess trying to kiss him and he doesn't like it one bit!!  He just wants to play!!!  Can I love him anymore??!!!

After glowing reports from Jaden's teacher, I got more of the same from Nicholas' pre-K teacher.  He too has started math extensions with several friends in his class to challenge them more in math.  She also wants to assess him for reading, but she wants to wait to see if any of the other children are ready.  The assessment is simply a list of sight words to see what he already knows and then start giving him very simple little books to read ... and then assess again at the end of the year to see what words he learned throughout the year.  That will be exciting to see him read even more than he already does.  His favorite books to read right now are the Fly Guy series.  Yes, he skipped "Bob Books" and went straight to early chapter books -- in preschool!!  He has to compete with Jaden after all!!! :-)  Socially he is very different from Jaden though.  While Nicholas is my talkative, silly, funny, creative child at home, he is very different away from home (or really away from Jaden).  For years, Nicholas wouldn't even talk in nursery school!!  He has come a long way thanks in large part to his amazing teacher last year, but he still has quite a bit of social anxiety when Jaden is not around.  We continue to work on it, but he is getting so much better!!!

Can you tell I'm over the moon with our children?  God has blessed us with 2 beautiful gifts and it is such a joy and privilege to parent them!!

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