Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kindergarten: Six Weeks In

Kindergarten is here!  We are six weeks into the school year and I can't believe how well it has been going.  Samantha LOVES it!  She loves riding the bus, learning new things, and going to all her different "classes".  They have a rotating schedule that includes art, music, two days of PE, and rotating technology/library.  Samantha likes them all equally it seems though I love hearing about art and music the most.  She has brought home a few art projects that are just adorable.  I don't know how I will ever choose which ones to save at the end of the school year.  Definitely plan on at least photographing or scanning them all in just so that we can remember them all, even if we can't save each one.  She has a folder she brings home every day with all of her school work which is great since I love seeing everything they're working on.  Currently it seems like they're working on learning the days of the week.  The teacher must be a fan of old movies & shows because Sam has two songs about the days of the week that she tries to sing that go to the tune of the theme songs to The Adams Family and Happy Days!!  So funny!  I am blown away by how quickly Samantha is learning things.  She knows sight works and is starting to spell basic words and sound them out.  I can't even tell you how many times we started Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and couldn't get past like 14 lessons because she couldn't grasp it.  Granted she's still not at the point of the book, but she is picking up things super fast.  I'm so proud of her!

As we expected, she is having difficulty making friends.  She is just so shy.  The husband and I had a good laugh at Back to School Night when he asked the teacher a question about how all the kids were getting along and the teacher told that most were doing great but there were some students who always politely said "no thank you" when asked by others to play.  We knew immediately that she was talking about Samantha!!  She did come home one day saying she had 3 new best friends but then had about a week where she would come home upset saying they didn't want to play with her.  We've been working on ways to interact with them and talk/ask questions.  The other day she came home and said she "did her homework" of asking the girls what they were being for Halloween.  Hopefully it's something she will continue to work on and eventually we can have some friends over to our house to get to know them better.

Overall, I'm thrilled by how well things are going.  We go for parent teacher conferences sometime in November where we'll get a more in depth view of how she's doing in school and I can't wait to really learn how she's doing.  It's amazing how far she's come in six short weeks and I'm honestly looking forward to see what is in store for the remainder of the year.