This morning by chance when walking Miss
6 ooops 7 to her class I saw there were mums in the classroom. I am not sure why I have not noticed them before.. Maybe Mondays dont work well for me. I had wanted to speak with her teacher because on Friday she had done some BIG spelling tests one on one with her teacher and the teacher had decided to drop our daughters reading from level 11 down to level 8! What!
Of course a mothers first reaction is OMG!!!
Under the new National Curriculum it is decided that all Grade 2’s start on this level and are then assessed or moved accordingly. Although she gave the words a go, she did not achieve the 90% zone and had no understanding at all of the context she was reading..
I think most parents compair themselves and their kids to others & you never like for your family to be failing.. Others in her year are reading chapter books and leaps and bounds ahead… Mmmm time to not compare. To not ask others about their child level. Time to focus and succeed.
Over the week end we have had many conversations about this. What does this mean. What can we do. How we can work on this together.
One huge light bulb moment happened for me. Even though I have been a Trainer in the past, sometimes your direct vision is dulled when you are faced with things directly. Our daughter doesnt fit into the BOX!!!
What did I mean by this… When talking to her over the week end about school, I found out for the first time that they had been talking about Ned Kelly.
I heard all about how she wants to visit Old Melbourne Goal
I heard all about how he was a bush ranger
I heard all about his armour
How his legs werent covered
How he robbed banks
How he had a rope put around his neck
About the the platform that he went up onto
How some peope die how some people live when hung.
I remembered people learn differently.
Some people are doers.
Some peope are seers.
Some peope need to be shown.
She had absorbed every word her teacher had told her in a story told to the class.
I know we are talking about skills that stem right back to the basics of sight words.. But maybe the “standard” cirriculum needs to be a little more flexible and creative. I can see how very easily kids could slip through the system and flounder.
I was very excited to tell her teacher this observation I had worked out over the week end & more so she is happy to organise a time for me to work with her to learn hints and tips on how to help our daughter.. Now back to the mums who were there this morning.. They were helping with literacy tasks… What a perfect sign if ever there was one… So with their encouragement I stayed on and spent the morning in class helping the groups that came to me sound out and count the sounds that words make..
I have also learnt how schooling is not just the responsibility of the teacher. It truely is an intergrated partnership with the teacher, parent & student. I have always had an extremely relaxed approach on schooling but I am seeing that I have some homework to do as well.
I will get off my soap box now and tomorrow I will share my learning plan with you that I created thanks to tips from my sister and with homework recieved today.