wasn’t paying attention) so they knew that he really was learning even if he wasn’t demonstrating what he had learned.
At the end of the year we decided to send him on to first grade because his “knowledge” was that of a first grader even though his grades showed otherwise, and he was getting ready to turn 7 and I thought we needed to give him the benefit of the doubt. Well, I prayed, and worried, and prayed some more that this year would go better than last and low and behold…it is…so far!
Orientation night didn’t go so well at first, he cried, held onto the door and didn’t want to meet his teacher, but once he got a little more comfortable he seemed to really like her. By the second day of school he was walking right in, saying hi to his teacher, and going about his morning duties…I didn’t know whether to cheer or cry, my baby was finally growing up (and fitting in!).
Although Jaxon is in a mainstream classroom with minimal support, it is an everyday struggle to keep up with the other kids. The problems isn’t learning the information, the problem is demonstrating what he has learned, and just doing the work in general. Writing takes work and that tires him out, math takes focus and that tires him out…so we work a little harder at home so that things might “click” a little faster at school.
Well, I never did get on the “50 shades bandwagon” so instead; we are doing “50 nights of reading” in our house. Every night for the next 50 nights, Jaxon will read a few books to Carter. This takes patience on both of their parts, which is a good lesson for them. Since Jaxon is in the first grade and his reading level is right between kindergarten and the first grade
level I am hoping that by encouraging him to read to his brother he will continue to make progress. It seems to be a great idea so far, I will keep you posted!