Hope they have a great day!! Mine just made the transition from home to a brick and mortar school, and it's going great. Hope the same happens for yours :)
Baby is doing great. Kid has been having a nervous breakdown all morning. She wants to be there but it's a lot on one day.
Saw the Facebook pix. The comparison between the two of them just based on their posture and expressions got a big fat guffaw out of me. Good stuff.
How did it go???
Brenda,rough start for Ruby in the AM... she was crying by the time to leave because A) her bangs were weird B) she hit her forehead on the towel bar (?!) C) her shirt felt bad tucked in and D) her shoes felt too long in the toe....Baby was fine, excited, and did great. I have zero worries about her. Kid went into her room and froze because she wasn't sure how to unpack her stuff into the desk and she won't ask the teacher for direction. I had to go back in after dropping off Baby and helped her get set up even though I was the only parent doing that. I'm mostly worried that Kid will get stuck and shut down because she missed directions, isn't sure about directions, or won't ask for specific directions (you get the gist). First timed test is tomorrow. But at the end of the day (1/2 day mind you) she had had a great time and is excited to go back. Thankfully she sits next to a boy with anxiety and perfectionism so they'll be stress buddies ;) I did tell her that when in doubt ask him, since he'll be doing it perfectly and will know what to do (he's also the minister's son so he's familiar with the whole system). Also. realized that she needs to get to school early. We were on time but everyone had been there for 10-15 minutes and she can't be coming into a situation where she has to juggle getting unpacked and paying attention.
Glad Ruby had a good time. RE not asking for directions, can/did you inform the teacher about this so she does a double check with Ruby for the first few weeks of school (while she's getting to know people) to see if she understands things/ needs anything.Private school should provide a little extra help for this kind of thing.
Ruby has some things Kevin has, so I know what you mean. Part of the plan we have with the public school system now having his teacher's verify he is on task since he misses directions a lot. I hope that as she gets more familiar and comfortable it will get easier for her. Glad she enjoyed the rest of the day. Hear you on not being the last to enter a situation. So familiar... but I bet she will do just great this year. Private school should be able to pay attention to your personal concerns a bit more than public...
Well today went terribly... all the same shit from her ps experience came up. She is too slow so she can't finish assignments so she misses the directions for the next thing, etc. She has to stay in at recess to finish her report from today (why they can't send it home I don't know... we'll have to address this if it becomes a pattern). She only had time to copy one of the assignments into her assignment book so we have no idea what she is supposed to do. I'm overwhelmed. She didn't play with anyone at recess. She wouldn't take her turn at kickball just went back to the end of the line since she wasn't sure of the rules. I told her I don't care about anything but her having a good time and making friends... that's why she's there. We'll see.
We have a check out system at school for K. They have his last teacher of the day review his agenda to make sure he has all his assignments down properly. They aren't super diligent about it, but I make a stink about it because it is part of his legal plan. Maybe you can ask about something like that? Do they have a school website where you can check her homework? I feel so for you guys. I know how it hurts to think of her struggling. Holding my breath for you.
I should clarify: when I made my comment above, it was based solely on the pic you guys posted on Facebook, and was a throwback to my own days of school but in reverse; me the eager beaver in my shiny new backpack, and my brother looking glum about the end of summer, staring at the dirt or glowering. I didn't mean an insult or to make light of Kid's struggles, which according to your comments above, are acute; that's not where I was headed. I'm very sorry if my "guffaw" comment came across as mean...it was a reaction to a pic that took me to a way different place than what the pic actually meant, given this post.
Smitty,no worries! I absolutely knew what you meant and agreed. Not a problem. She's definitely got some serious challenges that we had kind of hoped she'd outgrown. We'll just have to see how this pans out.
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