Saturday, April 16, 2011

What's wrong with this picture?

Can you spot what's wrong with this picture?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Parent Teacher Conference

We had our semi-annual parent teacher conference this morning at Carter's school.  I wasn't sure what to expect, since his lead teacher has only been there about six weeks.  But apparently that's enough time for our little man to make quite an impression.  She had nothing negative to say, even when I asked if there was anything we needed to work with him on at home.

He exceeded expectations in the following categories (my notes in parentheses):
  • Listens to stories (this was actually surprising to me because when we read at bedtime he's constantly asking questions and talking)
  • Comprehends prepositions (over, under, beside, behind, etc.)
  • Uses correct names for common object
  • Participates verbally in class activities
  • Asks questions (Hello? He's three...of COURSE he asks questions.)
  • Can say whole name.
  • Beginning to recite alphabet (he's way past BEGINNING)
  • Recognizes or names some upper case letters (he can do all of them)
  • Reads written first name.
  • Enjoys looking at books.
  • Sequences three events in a story
  • Retells simple facts after listening to stories.
  • Rote counting (1-10, 1-20)  (He counts to 29 and then it becomes twenty-ten, twenty-eleven, etc.)
  • Cutting (holding scissors, clipping action, sliding movement, cutting on lines)
  • Manipulates crayons using appropriate grasp
  • Strings beads.
  • Builds with blocks, Duplos, etc.
  • Puzzles (6-9 piece, 9-12 pieces)  (He does 40-piece puzzles at home sometimes, with help)
  • Says "yes please" or "no thank you"  (This kid is so polite, it's insane.)
  • Joins class easily
  • Engages in associative play
  • Exhibits a positive self concept
Everything else on the list he received an "at expected level".  I'm so very proud of him.  The teacher sent us home with some examples of his cutting (zig zags, following a line!), sorting beans, and simple patterns.  He also scored perfectly when they tested him on his knowledge of BOTH uppercase and lowercase letters, his recognition of numbers up to 10, his colors, counting (again, just to 29), and simple shapes.

And now I'm done boasting.  Carry on.
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