Friday, November 2, 2012

1st Grade Parent Teacher Conference

Dear Charlotte, 
Today your Daddy & I met with your teacher for your first grade parent teacher conference.  We saw samples of your writing, your penmanship & your math notebook.  Daddy & I were so impressed by your counting of twos, fives, and 10's and your ability to count backwards from 120!  We're going to keep practicing those numbers at home, since most of your homework has to do with sentence structure & reading, we think you like to work on numbers more & we are excited to help you do that.

Your teacher, Mrs. Little loves your leadership in her class.  She says you love to share, you love to be in front of the class leading mystery can or telling a story.  I have to admit, I was surprised.  Just last year you were still hiding behind my legs and didn't like the attention too much.  Now you are confident in front of your first grade class & love showing responsibility.

An example of your leadership was when you started showing Jackson how to have eye drops put in his eye.  You have been having to go to the nurses office to do your eye drops for the Uveitis flare up and finally taught yourself how to give your own eye drop because you were inconvenienced by having to go to the nurses office.  When Jackson started to do eye drops once a day, he cried, even screamed.  They had you come down to the office to show him that it was no big deal.  You took him down to the nurse's for the next week until he got the hang of it.  That was very sweet of you & showed great leadership & empathy!

When I asked you what your goals were for first grade you told me, "To get all 4's (the highest grade you can), to make a lot of friends & to earn more Penguin Pride tickets."  Those tickets are awarded to boys & girls that are showing good leadership & manners.  You have gotten at least 8 so far & its only November.  We are so proud of you!

And like your sisters before you and your Momma, I admit it, your teacher would like you to work on the amount of socializing.  Ahhh… the downfall of us outgoing girls.  Always criticized for our socializing.  Lucky for you, being the baby of the family, we are used to this plea by the teacher & instead of instantly thinking "UGH our child!! She's FAILING!" we now just smile when we hear this "concern."  If you are unable to manage your socializing at appropriate times, it will work itself out in the form of consequences at school.  You'll learn.  You will learn how to use your strength for good.  It will happen.  

It was a wonderful conference, Charlotte.  Your eagerness to learn is clear every day.  You would much rather sit at the kitchen table & have me challenge you with math problems than go play.  You love to play school with your friends & dolls and the joy of learning is FUN for you!  Your favorite subject to read about is animals & I'm sure you've brought home every issue of "Your Big Backyard" that the classroom has.  This hasn't gone unnoticed by your teacher.  She wants to switch up your reading a bit here soon, but has found humor in your love with these magazines.  I love how you share facts about animals after you're done reading them with great enthusiasm & big eyes!

When I ask you what you want to be when you grow up, you're telling me a "Horse Trainer."  
We are proud of you, first grader! And look forward to this being a FUN & growing year for you!