Sunday, February 28, 2010

Behavior Alert System

Nicholas' teacher expects the "perfect" child in her classroom. What 8 year old child is perfect?

If Nicholas could only do just one of these things listed above. He's a fidgety little boy who lacks self control sometimes. He doesn't fit her mold and therefore she doesn't have a lot of patience with him.

She sent home this letter to the parents...

Dear Parents,

With spring around the corner and second grade rules well established, I feel there is a need to institute a behavior alert system. I find we are losing too much instruction time because students choose to be silly, chat or ignore directions. If this happens twice in the same day, your child will lose a recess. You will receive a behavior alert to sign and return. Your child will highlight a sentence or sentences to explain to you why you are receiving the alert.

Much love, (OK...I improvised a little)

Like the pink? I thought I'd add the pretty color to soften the nastiness of the letter.

Back in November, his teacher got angry with him, took him aside and really let him have it. Whatever she said to him must have been so upsetting that he didn't want to go to school after that, had trouble falling asleep at night and was physically ill in the morning before school. One day, I couldn't even get him on the bus. Turns out it was report card day and she had told him he wasn't getting a good grade in behavior because of this one incident in class.

Another day, he accidentally spilled his water bottle (which I had filled with lemonade...a violation of her classroom policy) and again she let him have it in front of the whole class. She made him clean up the spill and took away THREE recesses. I spoke to her and told her this was excessive and unacceptable. The conversation didn't go well at first but then I knew I had to play nice or else his remaining days in her classroom wouldn't be good.

Let me try to explain what it's like sending my little boy off to school each day knowing he really dislikes his teacher, who has in turn made him dislike school.

It feels like I'm taking my heart out of my chest every day and reluctantly handing it over to this teacher I don’t know. I feel like saying to her, “Here is my heart. Please take care of it. It’s so precious and special to me. Please, please don’t let it get hurt."

Nicholas is such a sweet, sensitive, little soul. It physically hurts me to know that he has to spend his days with this woman who doesn't know his heart the way I do. She hasn't taken the time to get to know him and honestly doesn't care to.

Why is she still there? After years and years of parents complaining about her, she is still teaching these precious 2nd graders. I thought 2nd grade was supposed to be fun. If I had only known about her before hand, I never would have allowed Nicholas to be in her classroom.

We can only hope 3rd grade will be better for all of us.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Julia's beam routine

Finally got Julia's beam routine loaded below. You have to look beyond the fall and all the stops and starts (she doesn't know the routine very well yet). I see moments of greatness like her pointed toes, straight legs, lift in her chest, pretty arms and hands...things no other girl did at the meet.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dick & Jane

OK...another Gianna belly laugh moment.

This is Gianna reading Dick & Jane to me:

Grandmother said, "Come down, Sally! You can't play up there."

Sally said, "Look, Grandmother! (and Gianna improvises...) You are bald!"

Of course it didn't say "you are bald"...she added that.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Boys, boys, boys

Gianna loves boys. She has so many crushes on different boys that I'm starting to lose count. There's Brady at preschool, Ryan on Nicholas' hockey team, random boys at the hockey rink she plays with ("Mommy, that boy has a cute smile!"), Ben the 12 year old boy down the street, and on and on. If a boy pays attention to her in any way, she develops a crush.

The other night Nicholas' hockey team had a pizza party after the game. She was in heaven with all the 8 year old boys. She was in major flirt mode or as Nicholas says, "Gianna gets all wierd around my friends." On the way home, she asked if she could sleep with Nicholas' hockey team picture.

Today, Ben (the 12 year old neighborhood boy who she calls her "boyfriend") showed up at our door. She came running to me ALL embarrassed with a HUGE smile on her face. She said, "Momma! What am I going to do!!! My boyfriend is at the door!!! Ben can't see me with this doggie suit on!!! (She had on a really cute purple sweatshirt with a dog on it.)

What is she going to be like as a teenager???

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Flying High

Julia had a gymnastics meet today and she did so good!!! She ended up placing 4th in the all around (out of 14 girls)! Not bad for only 7 years old. Her team was the best there!

Aren't they cute?!?!

Floor routine 8.75
Vault 8.6
Bars 8.0
Beam 7.9