Sunday, November 30, 2008

That Time of Year Again!!!

It was once again that time of year where Kevin and I got to listen to the kids' teachers say such nice things about them, leaving us shaking our heads in amazement. What do you mean she gets along well with others, is a group leader, and quite independent? You couldn't possibly be talking about my Katie!
(The one who still gets in bed with us during the middle of the night, and who won't leave my side!!!)
I am told that most parents are shocked when they find out how their child acts in school, and let me be the first to tell you that I always!!! It is interesting to see how your child behaves when you are not around, and it is very reassuring, because my kidlets are little beasties at home, to know that they are little angels at school. It lets you know that you are doing something right!!!
Why am I not expounding on Eric, you may ask? Mostly because he is a third grader, so we have had three years to adjust to his school personality. Both of the kidlets have done great so far this year, but that was not a surprise to me, as I volunteer in each of their classrooms once a week. (Surprisingly, I think that I will miss that when I go back to work!)
Volunteering is kind of nice, because it allows you to observe your child in a learning environment, and you have plenty of opportunities to talk to their teachers about any problems that your kidlet may be experiencing.
Eric's conference was really neat, in that it was student led, and Eric had to guide us through his progress so far this year. Remember back in the olden days, when we just learned multiplication and division in third grade? Well now they are learning factoring, geometry and beginning algebra. It is really quite neat to see the level of learning that kids do at such an early age, and what is even neater, is that they understand it!!!
Katie's conference was also good, and in the two months she has been in first grade, she has gone from a K1 (kindergarten/month one) reading level to a K8 (kindergarten/month eight). Her teacher assures me that by March, Katie will be reading at or above grade level. Way to go Katie Kate!!!
Anywho...I just wanted to let family know that Eric and Katie are doing well in school, and let Eric and Katie know that we are really proud of them!!
Good job you guys, and Eric, I may need your help in my math class next!!!


Gail said...

You guys must be doing something right! Well behaved, achieving, wonderful kidlets! Isn't is great when something takes?
I am proud of them too. That is quite an accomplishment!

Melanie said...

Gail-Yes, it is good to know that something gets through to their little pea!!! Thank you!

Angie Penrose said...

Isn't it good to know they behave when they are supposed to? LOL! I've got beasts at home too. :)

Fantastyk Voyager said...

That is great news!
Unfortunately, my kids always got the "pleasure to have in class" but "needs to turn in work",etc., not so good in grades, I'm sorry to say.

Grey Horse Matters said...

You are definitely doing something right! Those reports on the little ones are just wonderful.

Mrs Mom said...

Holy Crap- Algebra at any level is STILL beyond me. Go Eric! Glad I dont have to go through that again....

Oh. Wait.

I do.

In a few years, as the Little Mens reach school age....

Best start saving for a tutor now. (Not for THEM- for ME! LOL)

Way to go Melanie, with having such good kids there!!! They gotta have a good Momma to get there ;)

allhorsestuff said...

That is such cool news Mellie!
I hope they come to the beach thios spring-summer when we make that date!!!
I am serious you-know~!

Breathe said...

Worthy of celebration! I know what you mean - I have suspected that my children are switching name plates once in the classroom, because teachers experience entirely different children.
I'd really like to see if they really sit down and eat lunch. That would be so weird. Like seeing your horse suddenly pick his teeth with his hooves.
Congratulations and good job MOM!!!

Melanie said...

Awwww...thanks you guys!!! I don't think that I am doing anything special, just being a mom!!! :)

Pony Girl said...

Good news on your kiddos!
As I'm on the other side (teacher) I can tell you that I see the same reactions from parents, that the child we describe is not the one they see at home! :) We always tell the parents that is a good thing- their children being good at school and in a classroom environment is what they want. Then the kids save it all up for their parents the minute they get in the car, LOL! ;) I think some kids work really hard to hold it together behaviorally at school, I'm thinking that by the time they get back home in the family comfort zone, they let go!

Meg said...

How awesome!!! (Standing up and clapping!!!) Its so good to know that they are doing so well when they are away from you isn't it? Kudos to you and yours!! I raise my glass to you for doing such a wonderful job.

Love you!

Andrea said...

My little Tazmanian Devil is an angel at school. His grades are wonderful, and home life, whuahahahhaaa!!

Anyway, congrats to Kric and Katie, wonderful jobs!! You are lucky to have such great kids!!

C-ingspots said...

Congratulations all around little momma!! Definitely shows that you're doing a good job. I'm sure you're very proud of them!
Thanks for your understanding words the other day on my blog.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Hey Melanie,

I'm so glad that your kids are doing so well and allowing you to feel some pride. All parents deserve that feeling, I think :)

Good job Eric and Katie...and Mom & Dad, too :)

New Mexico said...

Just one more way that you are blessed with children "exactly like you were!"