Sunday, May 20, 2007

Boys and school stuff...

Thought this was a cute pic of the boys from yesterday, playing snakes and ladders with Dave (had to, on Dave's insistence, pick a photo that didn't show Dave, LOL)...

Then I thought I'd post this certificate Luey got about two weeks ago. The certificate came as a bit of a surprise to Dave and I as we've seen no evidence of Luey being able to read at all, and aren't really sure what the certificate is referring to, or even if it is a legitimate certificate or just one of those things that get handed out periodically to each child in class as a placebo encouragement.

I recently found out Luey's teacher has a chart up on the white board at the front of the class. It's a "good behaviour in class" chart with each child's name written up and then a sticker is put next to the child's name when they've exhibited "good behaviour" in class. At the time I found out about the chart (when Luey's class had a substitute teacher for a week and half), Luey and another boy (one of his buddy's), had equal lowest scores of stickers in the class (three stickers each)...

Now, Luey hasn't mentioned this chart as yet (Dave saw it and told me about it). But seriously, some thing like chart would NOT motivate Luey to behave in class. In fact, Luey has a reputation in our household for quitting games which he feels he's "behind" in when they're only half finished! So, being 7 stickers behind the best behaved child in class, would be enough for Luey to decided not to even bother behaving...

But, anyway.

Dave witnessed Luey and his teacher having a joke together one morning. Luey had just turned up to school, and the teacher had put up a chart of the tables in class with each child's name listed at a table. Luey asked what the kids were doing at the table his name was listed on after locating his name on the chart. Mrs. A. said they'd be playing games... Luey dramatically slapped his forehead and signed, as in "Oh no! Not that!"... And Mrs. A. did exactly the same, which made him laugh. So, it seems he's found some sort of understanding with her.

Today Dave tells me that Erik has some homework that Dave needs to help him with - so could I watch the other two boys. It's some writing practice with him copying writing from a laminated card of semi script writing. It turns out Erik's teacher feels he's improved so significantly with his literacy in the past 4 months that if he can master the lettering, he will have caught up to his age peers (he's currently doing grade 1 work, but the kids in his class, who are the same age are doing grade 2 work)... What is implied, but no one is saying it just yet - in case it doesn't go through - is that Erik might be able to skip grade 2 and move up to grade 3 with his age peers at the end of this year. How about that! The child starts school not quite 4 months ago, and has caught up so quickly he's nearly worked himself through prep. and grade 1 level in 1.5 terms!

He HAS picked up reading and writing so quickly! He gone from not reading at all, to tonight reading through 7 emergent readers in 20 minutes... He's motivated! That's for sure!

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