How was the week with your kids?
This has been a busy week at our school with Parent Conferences, Book Fair, and MCAS.
Our teacher-parent conferences went well. Our kids are doing well academically and the teachers are encouraging them to keep learning beyond grade level. We did get the advice to sign up our daughter for theater classes to encourage her to more purposely engage with friends.
"It's better to ask and get rejected and learn to deal with that as a 5 year-old than as an 8 or 9 year-old." How true!
I volunteered for our school's Book Fair (which looked awesome in our library) and also brought our visiting cousins, around my son's age. Turned out the older cousin in 4th grade was very good at helping younger kids pick out books that they like and fit their budget. He'd find out about kids interest, look for books, check out the prices, doing a little math, and suggest which ones seem to fit. He told us he helped 5 "customers", and we told him he might have a career in sales. :) It's great to see kids figuring out what they are good at.
My son in third grade was pretty worried about the MCAS Testing happening this week. His teacher warned us that kids might have concerns back at the beginning of the year, and said she doesn't stress about the test in class, and that they'd learn all the material needed, but that often students pick up the worries somehow anyway.
For context, back in 1st grade my son also worried about the pacer for PE class in the 2nd grade. So worrying isn't new. (Then once in 2nd grade, I never even heard about this dreaded pacer. ;-)
A week or so ago, he had a practice MCAS test with one essay question with a full page of lines to write. He did all the other questions quickly, but just froze on that question. For two days.
I was gonna let him struggle with it. But after two days of that and no progress, I finally asked about what's going on.
"I just don't know what to write," he said, looking a little sad.
I suggested we read the questions, which was a writing question with bullet points on what to cover. Each bullet point is pretty similar to the type of shorter questions he's answered in earlier homeworks, but putting them together and having that page of lines, well, together it looked intimidating.
He followed my suggestion to re-read the article, the once started, he did fine.
"What did you learn today?" I asked him at bedtime.
"That MCAS can be beat." Not bad. ;-)
Next of course, my daughter started saying she's worried about the MCAS.
"What? You're in Kindergarten!"
"Yeah but one day I'll have it."
Grr.... I thought to myself take it easy and don't grow up too fast! :)
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