All’s Quiet on the School Front

Nathan went off to school again this morning. Again, he was a little reluctant to get on the (giant) school bus, but I think it is from excitement now, not fear.  He really loves Kindergarten & it doesn’t seem to be wearing him out. (Drat, I was hoping for early bedtime!) 

I don’t get much communication from the school although he does have a binder that we pass back & forth.  I’ve written requests for more information on his day, activities etc. in the book but I suspect that until we get an IEP together, there isn’t permission/time/resources to write much more than “good day”.  I know it takes me 10 minutes to write a short note to the school about his day off/weekend, so I am grateful for whatever information I get.

It is eerie to know so little about his day.  I never knew what he did at daycare all day either, so I don’t know why this bothers me so much.  If Nathan could simply tell us what he did “today”, instead of me having to play 20 (thousand) questions, I might feel like I was connected to his school experience.  I know, I know.  We’re only 3 weeks in. 

Pretty soon the school will have the funding application ready & I will have to brace myself to read it.  They are evaluating, testing & observing him right now, trying to find the worst ways to describe all the areas he is weak in.  (This is a GOOD thing, if they write positive things, he won’t qualify)  But, so far he has amazed the OT by his progress, so at least I have that to hold on to.


2 thoughts on “All’s Quiet on the School Front

  1. I empathize with that somewhat helpless feeling — ‘just what is going on all day at school?’ Know that that happens with many if not all kids — Aidan and Ciaran had no problems communicating, but it was still 20 questions (or more) to figure out how they spent their day. I don’t know what happens — you step into the school and suddenly their memories are erased. “what did you do today?” “I don’t know. nothing much.” Aaaaaaaargh!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my place!

    I wonder if you might be able to create a form for the teacher to quickly check off/fill in the blanks to give you the information you crave about Nathan’s day and still allow him/her to make use of instruction time. A quick fill-in-the blank about activities and behavior is much less daunting and time consuming.

    As a teacher, I am thankful when I have easy and quick ways to communicate with parents.

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