It Might Be a Long Year

Mayci’s teacher is brand new this year. She is young and has no children and some things she does shows that immaturity as a teacher. Mayci will be fine no matter what but it might be a long year.

Her teacher does things like giving mass punishments for the whole class even if only of few were misbehaving and writing every little thing down in the communication folder (things like Mayci was being silly and laughing at other kids playing around).

In first grade, kids need to read 200 books (or 200 chapters if they are reading chapter books) by May. In the first ten days of doing their reading logs Mayci read 22 books. I don’t see that as a lot of books, but her teacher apparently does. Mayci came home saying her teacher said she reads too fast. And then we got this note in the reading folder:

I already was doing that. She definitely knows what the story is about and can give details after reading. Just because a child (who is an excellent reader) reads quickly it does not mean they are not paying attention to what they are reading. I have to wonder if two or three days after reading a book a teacher asked her questions about it that she couldn’t remember and so her teacher decided she wasn’t actually comprehending what she was reading (never mind it is totally normal to not remember details of one of many books read even the next morning at her age). I ignored the note and will keep letting her read just as fast as she wants to.

Noah at School

My friend Penny works in Noah’s classroom so sometimes she sends me pictures of Noah having fun at school.

Noah loves the blocks. It’s often listed as one of the centers he chose to play in that day (along with trucks… his other favorite).

Noah gets picked up by his bus way early, too early for him to be interested in eating breakfast quite yet. So Penny takes him to the cafeteria where he gets a breakfast tray so he can eat before school starts.

This Week’s Lunches and Snacks

Anthony spent the night at his big sisters’ apartment Sunday night so he helped pack his own lunch and snack for Monday while he was there.

Anthony bought his lunch in the cafeteria on Thursday (he loves their pizza) so no lunch from home needed for him that day.

Zeke bought his lunch in the cafeteria on Friday (he picked chicken tenders). Mayci and Nicky so far have declined the offer of buying lunch once a week. They like their lunches from home better than cafeteria food.

Lunches and Snacks This Week

We pack the kids’ lunches and snacks in Easy Lunchboxes containers. We decided to go with the five compartment ones for lunch and that sees to be working well.

We try to vary what they get, though there is always a sandwich in the lunch, a fruit in both the lunch and snack box, and some sort of treat in the lunch.

We have to be a little bit careful packing the snacks and lunches because Adrian is gluten free and Noah is in a peanut/tree nut free classroom due to a classmates’ allergy. And, of course, we take personal tastes into account (for example, Zeke HATES peanut butter and jelly, but most of his younger siblings love it (Noah eats sunbutter and jelly).

All the kids in school except Fritz get a lunch (he gets free lunch at his school) and all seven of them get a snack. Noah gets two snacks. Little learners get very hungry apparently. Very little comes home after school and what does the others are more than happy to eat so almost nothing goes to waste.