Conference at School

October 21, 2011

With C’s teachers.  Some notes I wrote to a friend (who offered some good input):
-She eats everything at school (unlike at home where she’s been picky forever)
-Usually naps at least part of naptime (though teachers think it’s very likely she may be misbehaving out of tiredness).
-No sneakiness or food weirdness.
-Gets along with other kids on a normal level, both boys and girls, shares well (doesn’t surprise me, she does pretty well at home with that) prone to riling others up and being riled up when the kids get hyper, she’s usually near the middle of it. (She’s the same with R at home. From what I hear, this is somewhat normal for siblings close in age, though who knows.)
-REALLY likes to help and do chores. Same thing at home.
– Loud and prone to yelling about what she wants. (We do not see this at home.)
– They’ve noticed this longer than we have and assumed it was just her taking longer than average to get used to the new classroom (she’s been there since Labor Day). Maybe it is?
– Doing above average with language, about average with motor skills. They kept saying she seems very smart and gets bored. I told them if she was bored, put her to work doing something useful for the classroom… again, she loves to do chores and help with things.

Either way, nice to chat with them.  And then turned out she had a really good day today, so yay! (We praised her to the skies for this.) (One of her teachers also asked how I got C and R to clean up, and I told them a ticking timer works wonders… she said she might try it.)  They’re also going to talk to one of her teachers from last year who got her on track with direction-following.

My (kindergarten teacher, so she KNOWS) friend Aimee suggested breaking directions down into more steps.  Though C has been good at multi-step directions for a while, I think this is a good idea.  Maybe she’s just overwhelmed by life a little bit right now.  Both Aimee and my mom suggested giving fewer choices rather than more.  And mom suggested telling lots of stories about little girls (me, specifically) who got into trouble and then figured out how not to. Mom also suggested not being too hard on her so as not to draw attention to the poor behavior.

Sean and I talked about working on talking to adults in a respectful way, working harder on manners, and not just rearranging, but barring the pantry and fridge for a little while to get her out of the habit.


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