My kids have finished Grade 2…happy tears!
My daughter had a rough start to the year. In Grade 1, she had all As and Bs on her report card, despite being her first year in French Immersion. She started in a new school for Grade 2 as we have finally settled into our (hopefully) forever home. She liked her teacher and classmates a lot, but was struggling and her report card reflected that. There was also a huge lack of information and communication coming from the teacher. Parent-Teacher interview solidified that she needed to get out of this teacher’s class.
The teacher was lovely and personable but I knew more about a school she had visited in Africa last summer during her honeymoon than what was happening in my daughter’s class. She claimed spelling test words were uploaded to her class blog every Sunday and some weeks the words were uploaded on Wednesday nights for a Friday test, which only gave us two nights to practice. The thing that solidified it for me was when she thought it was a “brilliant idea” when I suggested she write the homework down on the blackboard for my daughter and the other Grade 2ers to write in their daytimers. I would have thought that was a pretty simple concept. The kids’ dad and I met with the principal and resource teacher and were able to arrange for her to change classes.
My daughter returned to school in January in a new class in the English stream…and she loved it! She knew what was expected of her again in school, and most of all, she was excited about school again. The teacher was amazing, organized, and communicative with me. She indicated every day in my daughter’s daytimer that she had seen whether or not I had written in it. She had reward systems in place in class, and my daughter worked hard towards them. It was amazing to see her report card this week…she brought all of her grades up at least one letter, with one subject raising two letters so she’s back to where she was in Grade 1. 🙂
My son continues in IBI throughout the summer and, because he’s only in school on Mondays, his report card and IEP has been mailed to me as they weren’t ready on Monday. I can’t wait to see them. Thinking back to where he was at the beginning of Grade 1 vs now (which includes a year and a half of IBI and an Autism-specific class), it brings tears to my eyes. I have even confirmed that he will be returning to the Autism-specific class with his fantastic teacher next year, which I’m really looking forward to as he’ll be discharged from IBI late in the calendar year this year.
As a thank you, we baked pumpkin loaves, and I wanted to share the drawings the kids made on the bags for the loaves.
For my daughter’s teacher:
My daughter was so cute because she also wanted to give pumpkin loaves to her classmate’s helpers too because “they work really hard to help him”:
When I asked my son to sign his name, it took him these two tries first:
(Apparently Kermit had to make an appearance)
Such a proud mama!!