As my faithful readers know, I had been fretting about Munchkin going into a grade 1-2 split class. I had hoped that this would allow for her to be challenged a bit.
I think that I now need to figure out how to express this to the teacher. I would like her to be challenged, but at the same time, I want there to be the option to take a step back if we’ve pushed too hard.
Last night’s events will help you understand where I’m coming from.
After picking up the girls from my in-laws, I read the note from the teacher advising us about the “Words of the Week” that Munchkin should practice at home for her spelling test on Friday. I was very excited as I knew that these would be good exercises for Munchkin.
I was working on dinner and excitedly ask Munchkin to grab her agenda and we’d check out the word list.
But after reading them, I tried not to show my disappointment because I had started this exercise with much enthusiasm and I didn’t want to let Munchkin down. So I read out each work and she spelled them without hesitation.
I gave her a big high five and told her what a great job she did. She was smiling because she was proud.
Then there was a slight pause, and she said “I hope next week’s words are harder.”
She said exactly what I was thinking. So now I have to figure out if we approach the teacher about this or if we wait to see what next week brings.
To cheer her up a bit, the rest of our making-dinner time was spent spelling other words.
My word list included:
She tried spelling sister with an “ir” at the end but we sounded it out again and she got it right. So then Munchkin wanted to know how to spell “stir”.
She definitely needs to be challenged.
Any suggestions on what to say to the teacher without sounding like a pushy-know-it-all parent?