Friday, November 08, 2013

Charlie, my heart

Kindergarten is hard. That's Charlie's summary of his school year so far. He has a teacher who has high expectations! It was a good/bad start - he likes school, but some things are too easy and boring (alphabet, he already knows it). On the other hand, some things have been challenging to him - cutting, sitting quietly. We have gotten 2 calls from his teacher so far about his behavior. We all agree his behavior is worse in the afternoon and it's because he is so darn tired! That doesn't excuse his hitting, of course, or refusing to follow directions - but it does explain it.
He's on a special behavior plan now, where his teacher notifies us what "color" he is (green, yellow, blue, red). If he gets 2 green in a row, we will give him a reward. Since starting it 4 weeks ago, he has earned 3 rewards. It clearly helps. He likes gym the best, and loves before & after-school care. Playtime! He is definitely ready to read - he's always spelling out words he sees, asking how to spell things so he can write them, & recently has begun to recognize a few three-letter words
He's been doing tang soo do with Doug once a week, and is testing for his yellow belt next weekend. He loves going, and other black belts have commented that he does some of the best pushups of all the students. The occasional Friday he and Doug go to "Friday Night Fights" which is just a big sparring hour.

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