Archive for the ‘education’ category

It’s starting younger

May 15, 2009

We hear a lot about one girl – I’ll call her Madge.

“Madge said I was a looser.  Madge called me a jerk.  Madge . . . ”

Honestly, I think that it’s not bullying so much as the kid is just a snot.  But, never the less, my daughter must learn to deal with twits or bullies.   So, we’ve read many books on the subject & I’ve made a list of favorites.

Talking helps.

Reading helps.

Summer vacation will help even more.  Yea!

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Also, I think martial arts might be a good idea one day . . .

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First school lunch EVER

April 27, 2009

Healthy Lunch BoxIt’s the end of April, and my first grader tried school lunch today.   I let her try.  I hoped she wouldn’t like it.

Why?  Packing is less expensive and more nutritious.  Plus, I can see what she ate by what she brings home.

Back to the first school lunch . . .   She loved it.

First off,  it was the coolest day of days to get school lunch.  Today, two Littleton police officers served the kids lunch.  How about that for fun?

“Mom, they were cracking everybody up in line.  And the policeman said that me, Cooper and Dillan were his biggest fans.”

Apparently, one officer gave out trays while the other, bread.

“What did you eat?” I asked.

“Nuggets.”

“You like nuggets now?”

“Yes, mom,” she sighed.   “And, I got chocolate milk.”

“So, do you always have policemen there?”  I asked, confused.

“No, this was the first time I saw them.”

Overall, a very exciting first time buying school lunch.  Darn.  I wonder how this will turn out . . .

School isn’t always fun for an introvert

February 19, 2009

Think about an introvert who prefers quiet to noise, working alone to groups, and need to think longer than her peers.

Schools can be loud, crowded, overstimulating and encourage quick responses.  When could an introvert be alone at school, even for a few minutes?   Now imagine when called upon, if your introvert takes more than two seconds, he or she will be passed over – will the teacher assume that he or she does not know the answer?  What teacher waits long enough for an introvert to answer?  Or better yet, prepares the introvert ahead of time for the question and returns to that child later for the answer?

I think of the loud, crowded lunch room and cringe.  I hated it myself as a child.  Not introvert friendly!

School culture benefits extroverts.  Most teachers never consider the needs of an introverted child.  We need to advocate for our children’s needs so they don’t hate school.

“Your child refused to participate . . . “

February 2, 2009

I recently received an angry email from my first grader’s teacher.  In the middle of the day.  “Your daughter refused to participate during reading.  I told her it is very important to follow my directions and I told her that I would be e-mailing you.”

So, first of all, I could tell she was really irritated.  To email me at 10:43 a.m. during her teaching day told me it was a pressing issue for her.  I emailed her back and told her I would have a chat with my daughter when she arrived home.

“What happened?”  I asked.

“She wanted me to read the boy part in a boy voice,” my daughter replied.  “I didn’t want to.”

Hmmm.  “Is there a way you could have been more respectful to the teacher?  What about asking for a different part or to read it to her privately?”  We discussed ideas.  Meanwhile, I was fuming mad.

What teacher does not understand that some kids are terrified to one, read out loud, and two, read in a different voice.  Refused to participate!  What a total misread of the situation.  How about terror induced muteness?

It is clear to me that I must educate my daughters teachers gently to the concept of introvertedness.  And frankly, to shyness, to lack of confidence, to the fact that a lot of kids don’t like reading out loud.  Duh!

I sent her a checklist of what an introvert looks like in the classroom.  She never replied.  Go figure.

I can’t wait until this year is over.