My kindergartener failed math.
I found out last week and I was just gonna act like it didn’t happen but I’m not in the business of hiding anything here so yup, he did well in science, reading, computers, art, gym and social studies but he failed math. He can recite numbers from 1 to 100 but it turns out he has a hard time recognizing them visually especially if they are out of order. Also, he can count by 10’s which I didn’t know he could do and was totally impressed by but he also should be counting by 2’s apparently.
I don’t remember doing all that in reception (what we called kindergarten). If I’m not mistaken, we were meeting expectations if we didn’t eat the crayons but hey … if that’s the schools expectations then we’ll have to work on it … and pronto.
The teacher actually said … “this is not to worry you since I’m sure he’ll be fine by June, but just so you know, the kids have to test out of kindergarten and into 1st grade, so if he’s still failing at that time, he will have to repeat this class.”
Oh ok … sure … I’m not worried at all. NOT!!!!!!
The end comments from his teacher were pretty good. She said he is a delight to have in the class and she has already seen a huge improvement in his ability to “control his body” since the start of the year. (That’s “teacher-speak” for he isn’t talking out of turn or getting up when he should be sitting down or rolling around on the floor as much as he was in September.)
Yesterday I picked up Jay’s report and while his teacher told me that he’s doing much better this year than he was last year, as far as his actual report card is concerned, I don’t have a freakin’ clue what is going on. First of all, I found out that they have been without a speech therapist for 2 months and nobody thought it was important to let us parents know. Thank God he gets private speech therapy. Second of all, his report card is in a language WAY worse than “teacher-speak”. It’s in “statistician-speak”. It talks about percentages and means and standard deviations.
What does that mean to me, his mom?
I want to know …
– In what areas has he improved and why? (What worked?)
– In what areas has he remained stagnant and how can we jump start him?
– In what areas is he seriously struggling and how can we help?
Is that too much to ask?
Stupid friggin report cards. I was really looking forward to seeing them but all they did was stress me out.
Later today we take Jay for his follow up visit with his neurologist. I’m hoping I’ll have something good to report tomorrow.