What makes a report card good bad or otherwise….
Are we compelled to think that anything less than A’s is BAD…. do we need our kids to keep up with the “Jones”??
Our daughter this year is in Grade 1. Last year in Prep – the kindest, softest break into school, she had a teacher who crushed her soul. This was brought to extreme around October last year when I was advised that she may not be going on to Grade 1 – with tears running down my cheeks and feeling like I had failed as a parent I pushed it further through the school. To then be followed up and for it to be a “mis understanding” mmmmmm
This year our daughter has been given the BEST gift in the form a teacher who has taken on her every step of learning. She missed most of term 1 due to a broken arm straight after cyclone YASI and a lot of time off school. So all of this taken into consideration, what was I expecting when given the SEALED envelope that contained her report card. ??
This is her first EVER report card. Again last year all other Preps got report cards but not our class…. So we have been running quite blind through the first 18 months of school…… so what to expect….???
Of course we arent the straight A type family… we are all rounders, a practical bunch who run off common sense and fun.
So a mixture of the top 3 letters was our girl – VERY much me and her dad. She is right in there with us. School is second to living life and having fun and to achieve this without any effort ???? This has to make you smile.
In our house we read books but not obsessed – infact those who know me will know it is not uncommon to see me sitting with our girl before school reading her reader. We always talk about colours and create colour when painting, we sing months of the years & days of the week, we hear times tables on a disc. We have days off school when the weather is good to swim on the reef and look at fish, birds and enjoy life as a family…..
What is most important is that there are no tears going to school any more. That there is interest in what is happening in her class. Having a sleep in day after a HUGE dance concert is important. Having a day off because it is a birthday is important. This is what means more to me that any letters on a card to cast judgement on ones achievement and to be ranked beside the next kid.
From now on also we have a bench mark to improve on ever so slightly over the next 11 years to come.
I may of opened a can of worms here but what do report cards mean in your house??