Tonight I sat down and gathered all of Jaden’s school work from the past couple of months. It’s Crunch Time! I have a meeting with his teacher in the morning. And I know that I am not going to sleep well.
The meeting is not meant to be a bad one….. at least I hope not. I am just hoping that maybe a compromise can be made. Jaden’s spelling words.. have not been the greatest! Ok, he has been doing REALLY bad. I actually just wrote about this over on Just For Military. Cause I am so… upset that I don’t know what to do (say). She talked with my husband (impromptu) about a month ago now, and told us right in front of Jaden that he should be held back to 1st grade again next year. That he is immature compared to the other children in his class, and that his spelling is not anywhere near what it should be. While talking with her we, spoke about how much we actually work each night with him, and how hard he really is working at it, and that we think that he has come a long ways from Kindergarten till now. However she just told us that she would send home a packet for us to complete and return to her. That this packet would have her set down a plan, and she would take it to the board, and they would come up with an education plan for him. That way she can prove that it is him and not her teaching that is the problem. (make sure you read that line I just wrote). Yeah that one made us really happy.
Don’t get me wrong I really don’t have a problem with his teacher. We have been working really hard. He spends no less than 1 1/2 hours per night on just spelling, and that does not include, his real homework. We run out of time a lot, because of how much homework he has to complete, and then we have dinner, and Taekwondo (which we have cut out a couple extra days for even more homework time, because education has to be first and foremost). Then us being sick this past 6 wks, have not helped any on the focusing either. However that is not an excuse, we really do sit for that long on just spelling each night.
His spelling is much better, he just got 9 out of 10 right, however he got 1/2 point deductions for capitalizing the first letters, which in turn brought down his grade again. So here are his results for the past 4 tests…
+2/10 because of capital letters other wise he would have had 3/10 (bad I know, but every point counts)
+6/10 otherwise 7/10 (3 words capital first letter) 2 words only put first letter, and 1 other word wrong.
60% (4 words used capital letter, this time some were at start and some one letter in middle) 2 words wrong
8 1/2 of 10 one word wrong and 1 word…. cuBe
I know his grades are not really good, but I think spelling should be just that… spelling, especially since he has been failing so bad till this point. And now it shows how hard he is really working, and he is cut because of capitalization. This is the first grade, I know that they are learning where to use their capital letters, but why would you make it incorrect to use it at the beginning of a word?
So that’s it….. any suggestions or comments?? happy to hear!