So, let me just say this, as a first time mom, first grade has been a huge undertaking. It is by far not what any of us had expected. I remember first grade being like an extension of Kindergarten, just a bit less play, and a bit more ABC's and 123'S. Sam is taking everything in stride, and he likes his teacher (although I am not sharing his sentiments AS much) which is great! He has a lot of friends, and has not turned into someone other than SAM, my love. His reading was having some issues with comprehension, and he was having problems deciding which + or - symbol to use in math problems (according to the parent teacher conference in November). In my eyes he was doing AMAZING! Of course we all think our children can do no wrong, but as a rational person I took a step back, and looked at what the teacher had said. By doing so, I did notice that there were definitely things that we could be more diligent in. So I set, and sometimes my husband set, to work. It has been just over a month now, and MAN is there a HUGE difference.
So yesterday, we had a first! He did every ounce of his homework by himself, including reading the questions on the math papers! I was beaming, and thought I would share.
See that little pink pill? Yeah that is the bane of my life right now...my pre-natal vitamin, and I HATE IT!
While I made dinner, he worked independently.
Look how great he did! Two of these pages, and one math problem page. ALL ALONE!
(they are learning time too!)
Then as I was signing off on his homework, Sam asked me how I "draw" my name like I do, and I told him it is cursive. Then I asked if he wanted to write his name. I wrote the first line, and then he did his copy cat version. I think he did awesome!
Finally I leave you with a picture of my current favorite thing on my son's body:
This tooth has been edging it's way forward for weeks now, and there is barely a wiggle to it. So funny! I love how he looks with it. Endearing I think is the right word.
Here is to a better parent teacher conference next time, and to a smart, loving boy who likes to make his mama and daddy proud!