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post #41 of 74
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Hello! Hello! I just stumbled onto this thread and I hope it's OK if I join in?? I have a Ds in first grade, and I would love to talk to other mommas. I had just posted in this forum about tryng to get ds to take some pride in his work (he always hurries to get done and never cares if it looks neat or nice) - so it will be nice to connect with other mommas with kids - especially sons - this age (all my irl friends have little ones or dds)!!
Welcome! My son is not a great writer either. I don't think he really cares about things being neat. (He may get that from me, I tend to rush through m'self) I think there are distinct differences between boys and girls, although of course there are always exceptions. But vive la difference, eh? Or perhaps I should say from child to child...
post #42 of 74
Just bumping this up and wondering how all are 1st graders are doing as we near the end of their first trimester.

Toby's literacy teacher told me today that he has finished all the Bob books and is now onto some science series readers which he is really enjoying. The children have choir and are currently rehearsing for a Christmas/holiday concert. He has also been given the responsible job of "listmaker" in math.
post #43 of 74
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Glad your son is enjoying his reading, uccomama. DD is enjoying herself, too-they're doing a multicultural holiday unit and gearing up for the December celebrations. The teacher had made some seating changes before Thanksgiving and dd is really happy with her current group-it's wonderful to see her come home bursting with happiness about school.
post #44 of 74
Been away for a while, just thought I'd bump up to see how everyone was doing. When I went to pick up dd from school the other day, she was a little upset b/c she spelled one word wrong on her spelling test. She is sooo hard on herself. I told her it's alright to make a mistake every now and then, but that really didn't cheer her up much. She ended up w/an A anyway b/c she spelled all the other words, plus the bonus words correctly. Anyone else have a little one so concerned about getting something wrong?
post #45 of 74
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Anyone else have a little one so concerned about getting something wrong?
Oh, yes! My DS is also quite the perfectionist. Fortunately, last year his first K teacher (we moved during the year), whom we both loved, told him and the class that mistakes are GOOD becuase we learn from them. I'm so glad he has remembered that little nugget, because when he starts to freak out when he gets an answer wrong, I tell him 'remember what Mrs. M__ said about mistakes" and it always seems to go over better coming from her than from me.

When I had my last conference with his teachers before begining to homeschool a couple weeks ago, one of them said, in a very dramatic voice, "I have something to tell you that you really need to know as you start homeschooling". I was expecting something profound, unusual or exciting from her tone of voice, and she said, "he tends to be a little bit of a perfectionist". Um, yeah, I know, I've lived with the kid for 6.5 years, thanks! The 'expert' teacher assumed she knew my son better than I did, yeesh! Her advice was that I (and DH) say out loud when we've made a mistake, to normalize it.
post #46 of 74
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Perfectionism is something we've been helping dd liberate herself from-I've found not paying a lot of attention to the tests, etc. really helps!

DD has been dragging her feet the past couple of days when going to school-complaining of stomach aches and reluctant to leave me. She says nothing's wrong, and she wasn't withdrawn in class on Tuesday when I volunteered. One of her boy friends brought her a chakra bracelet this morning and that instantly lifted her spirits, though-I was happy for her. I think she's missing her dad, who's in Singapore this week. Anyway, it brought back memories of all those stomach aches I got before going to school. It's not an easy transition going from a tranquil, gentle environment at home to chaos!
post #47 of 74
Hey mata, that's so funny, my son is going through the same thing! Also several other mamas I've talked to have mentioned this. Maybe the kids are pooped with all the holiday stuff, plus maybe burnt out on school...only a couple of weeks til vacation. I am looking forward to a little break in our routine, honestly.
post #48 of 74
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Perfectionism is something we've been helping dd liberate herself from-I've found not paying a lot of attention to the tests, etc. really helps!

DD has been dragging her feet the past couple of days when going to school-complaining of stomach aches and reluctant to leave me. She says nothing's wrong, and she wasn't withdrawn in class on Tuesday when I volunteered. One of her boy friends brought her a chakra bracelet this morning and that instantly lifted her spirits, though-I was happy for her. I think she's missing her dad, who's in Singapore this week. Anyway, it brought back memories of all those stomach aches I got before going to school. It's not an easy transition going from a tranquil, gentle environment at home to chaos!
that bit, was what I was talking about pp...how sweet about the chakra bracelet. My hub is going out of town too today, hmmm.
post #49 of 74
Hey there 1st grade Mom's..good to hear from you. My daughter went through the stomach ache..I don't feel good..etc etc last month. I let her stay home one day. She's been fine for a few weeks now. We have 8 more days till break!
post #50 of 74
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Originally Posted by 1xmom View Post
Been away for a while, just thought I'd bump up to see how everyone was doing. When I went to pick up dd from school the other day, she was a little upset b/c she spelled one word wrong on her spelling test. She is sooo hard on herself. I told her it's alright to make a mistake every now and then, but that really didn't cheer her up much. She ended up w/an A anyway b/c she spelled all the other words, plus the bonus words correctly. Anyone else have a little one so concerned about getting something wrong?
Hey, so I was reading a book (imagine that!) and it talked about this issue! Apparently, what can seem like "perfectionism" in a child between the ages of 5-8 is often an example of the all-or-nothing thinking that most children have at this stage of cognitive development. So you'll hear a lot of "I'm the BEST runner in the world!" or "I'm horrible at math!" when the truth is far more grey. They have a hard time realizing that you might do well at your addition today, but have a difficult time making sense of fractions tomorrow. And it's all good.

If anyone wants, I can type up the exact quote when I have more time...
post #51 of 74
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Originally Posted by flyingspaghettimama
Hey, so I was reading a book (imagine that!) and it talked about this issue! Apparently, what can seem like "perfectionism" in a child between the ages of 5-8 is often an example of the all-or-nothing thinking that most children have at this stage of cognitive development. So you'll hear a lot of "I'm the BEST runner in the world!" or "I'm horrible at math!" when the truth is far more grey. They have a hard time realizing that you might do well at your addition today, but have a difficult time making sense of fractions tomorrow. And it's all good.

If anyone wants, I can type up the exact quote when I have more time...
Please do, that sounds interesting.
post #52 of 74
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Hi Tribe!

Woo hoo-3 more sleeps until winter vacay! How are everyone's first graders celebrating the season?
post #53 of 74
Hi Tribe!

Woo hoo-3 more sleeps until winter vacay! How are everyone's first graders celebrating the season

Oh man! You are so lucky..we have 6 more sleeps! But, no homework the rest of the year!
post #54 of 74
We have seven more sleeps, but I don't think Toby cares, he is still loving school. The children are currently making holiday hats out of fleece which they will be wearing for their end of term "Sing-a-long" on the last day before the holidays, Tuesday 19th. They are also busy making the Solar System out of papier mache (covering and painting balloons in various sizes).
post #55 of 74
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mommabelle-no homework is nice, isn't it?

I found out what was behind dd's stomach aches-she was having problems with a boy at her table. Happily it got worked out and she's back to being excited to go to school. SMUM-I completely agree-it's me that needs the break more at this point! But I did spend a very nice morning in dd's class today-they've been learning about holiday customs in different countries, and what different faiths celebrate. Her teacher will be making latkes for them on Hanukkah-I must find a way to be there. On Thursday she has a holiday party and I'll take pictures for the class-love doing that.
post #56 of 74
It's me who needs the break more than the kids too!

They have a 100 book club....I really hate the whole deal. Basically because we have to write down every single book we read and we read lots of books around here! So, I usually foget to write them down. ARGHHH! I'm just going to make up a list of what I think we've read. Maybe I'm lazy ..but it really feels like homework for me. We are having really good times in school now overall. They just did a really interesting month studying ancient Egypt and we went to museum to look at artifacts and mummy's.
I remember when I was a kid at Montessori school that we would learn about different customs. It was fun. DD is doing something similar, but it's parochial school, so it's learning about customs from different countries at Christmas. It's still pretty fun for them..their class is learning about Italy.
post #57 of 74
My dd was Star-of-The-Week last week and she loved it. Some of the things the kids wrote about her was cute. One little boy that sits beside her said he likes her b/c she is perfect. I just laughed and said "well no one said they liked you b/c you have a cool mom". Her response was, "Mom, they don't live w/you, I do and you are not cool". She also told me I need to put on a hat when we were going out the door to go to school b/c she could see my "white hair". Kids - you just have to love 'em.
post #58 of 74
Congrats on your star of the week! That means so much to them.

My son has strep, which has been going around the school, sigh. we still have another week and a half before vacation. I am really looking forward to the holiday programme.
post #59 of 74
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that's bizarre-I meant to post to a different thread. :
post #60 of 74
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Originally Posted by SMUM
My son has strep, which has been going around the school, sigh.
My dd has been complaining about her throat over the past few days, I'm just hoping it doesn't turn into anything more. She was a little tired yestersay and her voice is a little scratchy. She hasn't had a temp or anything yet. I just keep my fingers crossed.
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