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Family Friday: Parent-Teacher Conferences

This is the first year both of our kids have been in school. So, it’s the first year we’ve had to go to more than one parent-teacher conference. The boy is only in preschool, so it’s not like there’s a report card or anything to go over. For him, it’s going over his growth and development in different areas, like physical, knowledge & skills, social/emotional, and communication.

He can:

  • pedal a tricycle(although they’ve said he also likes to ride the two-wheelers…with no training wheels)
  • begins to perform self-care tasks(which he mostly does on his own at home)
  • follows basic safety rules with reminders
  • zips own coat

He knows how to:

  • count 1-9(I’ve heard him go to at least 12)
  • participate in measuring activities
  • recognizes some shapes(triangle, star, and circle)

As far as social-emotional:

  • shows eagerness and curiosity as a learner
  • manages transitions

Communication:

  • follows rules for conversation
  • follows 2-step directions

Comparing that to his sister: who just started pedaling her bike this summer, but could count to 100 before she turned 5, was reading chapter books by the time she turned 6, didn’t carry on conversations until she was 5 or 6, but has always loved learning, although she’s never handled transitions well.

Last night, we went in for her conference. Pretty much the first thing the teacher tells us is that she’s perfect. So, why are we having this meeting again? First she went over her DIBELs testing they did back in September. For Phoneme segmentation(breaking up words), she actually scored low. But, now that the teacher knows her better, she isn’t worried about that. They have 1 minute to sound out as many words as they can. Well, she does pretty much everything slow. The goal is 40, and she got 34. But, then there was the nonsense word fluency test, which there’s correct letter sounds(CLS) & whole word read(WWR). For the CLS, she scored 96/27. For the WWR, she scored 29/1. Yes, they only had to read 1 whole word, and she read 29 in a minute.

For their report cards, the level scale(percentage) is either measured as advanced, proficient, basic, or below basic(satisfactory or unsatisfactory for things like gym, music, art, etc…). She is advanced in Word study(basically spelling) and math, but only scored proficient in reading. Her teacher said it was probably just a test where she missed something. Because this girl can certainly read.

Then, she showed us a story she wrote. She wrote this thing all by herself, with no help spelling or anything. I took pictures to share it here. She is 7. This is the girl who barely spoke until she was almost 4.

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She takes after me in pretty much every way. She’s quiet in class, the teacher said it’s like she’s there just sucking everything in. She keeps mostly to herself, again a lot like me. She loves to read and write, she’s very smart. Doesn’t get into any trouble. Yeah, this all sounded very familiar. 🙂

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