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01:09 pm: first first-grade teacher conference
I don't feel as close to Teddy's first-grade teacher as I did to his kindergarten teacher. It's not surprising, I suppose, given that I volunteered in the classroom every other week in kindergarten, which is not done in first grade, in addition to weekly library duty (which I've continued). And Mrs. B. often kept in touch via email, which is my own favorite medium.

Still, Mrs. M. seems very nice and Teddy certainly likes her. She had saved a story for me, about a class conversation regarding an assignment - for each student to write about something about an activity s/he enjoyed doing with a friend.

Teddy: Can a friend be a parent?
Mrs. M.: Yes.
Teddy: Reading The Iliad and The Odyssey!

First, I'm delighted that Teddy would count me as a friend. (Although in truth, he's always read Homer by himself, not with me. In his own versions, as he puts it: graphic novels.)

Second, Mrs. M. was completely thrilled about what he's reading (me? clueless as to what's significant). She was an English major and her mother used to teach elementary school and she (Mrs. M.) used to call her Mom to tell her the fun things that happened in her class. "If she were still alive, I would have called her as soon as I walked in the door that night!" Her excitement was palpable (as was her sorrow to not be able to share her excitement with her mother :sniff: ).

She told me we should keep doing whatever we're doing, because Teddy's clearly a bright, curious, compassionate boy.


He should be discouraged from trying cursive (dunno what got that notion into his head, so I asked). We should keep the poems he's been writing (well, yes). If he wants feedback, we can work on getting upper- and lower-case letters right (he seems to select them at random, so his words are usually a mix of both), on sentence structure, and on being as detailed in writing stories as he is in telling them. But there's nothing that requires active work. He's doing great.

This could be vaguely related to why we spent so very much at the Book Fair. We do love books, and I do want to encourage his excitement about them.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: happyhappy


Date:October 22nd, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Awww. That boy is something else!

Brought back on funny memory -- when David was asked by his uncle what he wanted to do when he grew up and he said "A brain surgeon." (He liked Marcus Welby, MD on TV).

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Date:October 23rd, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)

the best part?

Didn't Bill assume we were all lazy ignoramuses (ignorami?) because we were watching TV at the time?
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