So I'm out of the blogging dog house for now. I want to try and keep it that way...
I chatted with the kids' teachers this week at parent/teacher conferences. All is well. Jay, who refused to learn the alphabet last summer, is now reading like a mad man and is asked to read one on one with some of the other students that are lagging a bit. What?!? Brenna is socially responsible and empathetic and gave up the chance to be the Prime Minister of her group last week because the voters had told her opponent that they would be voting for Brenna because they didn't like the opponent. That's a big move for a girl who generally likes to lead! ... And Will. Well his writing continues to entertain and amaze his teacher (and us!). He definitely has already found his "voice" and often addresses his readers in his writing. "So, I bet you can't guess what I'm going to write about today! Well if you said wolves you are wrong. But if you guessed coyotes you are right!". Apparently some his fellow students are inspired to write just like him and it sounds like his teacher is having a hoot with this grade 2/3 class full of motivated writers. So educationally they're holding it together... whew.
Ken got a report card too! He received his copy of his evaluation and I must say I'm proud of the ol' boy! In the face of a very challenging first semester in a school that has lost a much beloved teacher, he has handled himself with aplomb! (aplomb - great coolness and composure under strain. That's one of the words used to describe him. I had to look it up!) He is LOVING this job as each day he gets to go to work and teach kids music through the medium of rock. How cool is that!
Thank God I didn't get a report card! I know we're all our own worst critics but really I would fear the results might look a little like this...
aplomb in parenting (gotta use my new word!) D
raising of the voice B+
avoiding the mundane tasks of running a home B
correspondance with friends and family D
laughing at family members when they get hurt A+
You get the gist... How would you grade yourself? It's a good thing that if I was receiving a report card from my Maker I think it would be lot kinder. He's like that.