Yesterday,me and my husband attended the parent-teacher conference. It didn’t last long. We were scheduled for only 15 minutes. An hour after I picked up our oldest daughter. It was a busy day for me.I worked overnight and taking catnap helped a little bit.
The teachers are so nice. I was amazed how many teachers they got for a small class. In the Philippines, I only had one teacher per class unlike our daughter,they have three teachers. And I think there are only 14 students in her afternoon class.
It’s a good thing,the teacher has good ratio when it comes to each student. And with the fact how handful they are.
I’m not sure if I’ll take this as a bad news. A little disappointment maybe but although I wasn’t surprised by this after listening about the teacher’s report.
Our daughter needs to be in Special Education,although we have to wait in a week or two about the confirmation if she needed to be a part of this program. I’ll keep you posted.
They’re thinking she’s having hard time to understand directions (and some words) and easily get distracted. She talks good and sometimes she surprises us with the words that she says.Anyway,the teacher said,when she asked her “to get the red paper from your folder in your backpack,”she had a hard time to comprehend. She would stare at her with confusion.
We notice sometimes that it’s hard to get her attention especially if she’s doing something like watching TV or playing. I have to tell her one-by-one what I wanted her to do. But things like, “help me to carry this laundry basket” or “pick your toys” or “put your shoes away’,I never had problem with her following my command.
She’s not good in colors yet. When she was two,her favorite color was pink. All pink,nothing else. And now,it’s green! And I have to work so hard on this one. She knows red,blue,brown,black,white but when you show her something or if I tell her,this is color red.red.red! She’ll get it. But few minutes later,it’s green again.
And with the numbers. The teacher told me she needs to learn how to count from 1-10. I asked her about it because I know our daughter can count but sometimes she jumps counting like 11,13…. So when we got home last night,I had to sit with her and ask her to count. She did great. She counted from 1 to 10. The only problem with her numbers is she’s not familiar when you show her each number and that’s what we’re going to work on.
It made me feel pretty bad because we focused too much on alphabets and coloring which she’s really good at. The teacher told me,she’s ahead of her class when it comes to letters. She knows twelve letters when they only learned six of them. She also knows even the small letters.
As a parent,I know what areas to work with her. I didn’t focus well teaching her everything. I was satisfied when she knows how to count,that’s it but being well familiar with one of them is pretty important. One problem with our girl is,she’s a little emotional one. And I explained this to the teacher. When she hears someone raise their tone or get too serious talking to her,she cries. And she got emotional to her once.
I don’t think our daughter has learning disability. She talks good and maybe there are words she won’t understand or thinking she needs speech pathologist to improve her speaking skills. One thing I gave them insight was the gal I used to work with who was married to a Mexican,the gal was American by the way. Their son’s teacher thought he’s having speaking and learning disability because just like our daughter but the fact that what we have in common,we are teaching our kids to be a bilingual. A year after that,her son was talking and understanding words like a smart cookie. Plus,he speaks two languages at a very young age. That moment gave me hope yesterday.Watch out! Our girl will get better these next few months because her mama will set a new study time with her.
For me,it’s good we have this kind of conference so that we know how our kids do at school and we can also work with the teachers to help them improve. I didn’t take this in the wrong way and I understand that every kid is different and they will catch up with every pace of the learning process. She might be behind learning this and that but she’s ahead learning something. So,I will let her take her time. And the fact of the matter is,few of her classmates are already a year older than her.Some attended daycare schools who already learned the basics.
So we’ll see what happens next time!