Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Back-to-School Night

We had back-to-school night at Adam and Grace's school tonight. It was sooo fun to see what they have been up to in their classrooms and get to talk to their awesome teachers!

Grace loves school! She has the cutest teacher, Mrs. E*. I love the safari-themed room. Too fun! She has made a lot of friends, loves to tell us about their different centers in class everyday, and is learning lots of sight words and getting better at handwriting already. She struggles with her handwriting, because she flipped back/forth between being right-handed and left-handed until she was 4 1/2. She settled on being left-handed and is developing those muscles. She's getting better and LOVING it!

I worried the most about Adam at this new school. But, he is thriving there. It didn't even phase him leaving his old friends. He has made a lot of new ones and LOVES his teacher, Mrs. M*. She. Is. Awesome! He tested at a 7th grade reading level, but needs to work on slowing down when he reads out loud and his handwriting. She is taking such a personal interest in him, and the things he needs to work on. I felt like last year, he was kind of ignored because he is a good reader and gets the material quickly, so his teachers kind of passed him over as "getting it" and I struggled with getting them to understand that though he is great at reading, he DOES have areas he needs to work on. It's nice to have a teacher that wants the best for each student.

The principal also talked about the school reading program for the year. Their school is participating in an Accelerated-Reader Program, where they can earn prizes (which go from a pencil to 4 tickets to Disneyland) for reading books/passing tests for each book, and advancing to the next grade level in reading. I loved seeing all of the kids so excited to read.

I am soooo thankful that we were led to this school. Every day I bring them, I just feel like this is where they need to be, and I'm so grateful for that. We are all so excited for this school year!

1 comment:

Grammy Suzzy said...

This school sounds just great and the teachers are wonderful. That accelerated reader program? Kayty and Nate did it at Las Brisas, and it was just the best! So glad the Lord guides us to where we need to be, though it must have been nerve wracking to find out His will at the last minute!