Noah brought home his second report card Wednesday. The “grades” are M (meets expectations), P (progressing), or I (needs improvement). On his first report card, he got about 60% Ms and 40% Ps. This time he brought home 37 Ms and only five Ps! We are so proud of him, both because he did so well and because he improved so much!
The things he got Ps for are basically handwriting, writing his first and last name, and participating in class. He still tends to write his name in all capital letters, so she couldn’t give him total credit for that. His handwriting could use some improvement, so I’m not shocked about that one. Plus, if sometimes all of the lines in a letter don’t connect or if he occasionally writes a letter backwards, he can’t get full credit.
When we had our first conference, we knew the participation thing was a bit of an issue. I had seen it myself when I volunteered in his class. When the teacher says, “Raise your hand if you can tell me…,” half of the kids in the class have their hands up before she even finishes the request. Noah does not. She says that she has noticed that Noah could use a little more confidence. He never wants to give an incorrect answer, so he is a bit timid about sharing in class. She added that when he does answer, he gives a thoughtful or correct response.
The bad news is that kindergarten has been a bit rough on his health. He has had strep four times, plus a viral sore throat twice. He went to preschool since just before he was two, so I’m kind of surprised that’s he’s been sick so much. It’s not like he hasn’t been exposed to other kids and their germs.
Usually when Noah gets strep (or the viral sore throat), he is suddenly whiney or weepy. I feel his head and he is burning up. He usually has a 101 or 102 fever. Then he cries because his throat hurts.
This time the symptoms were different. He came in our room at 2am Thursday saying his throat hurt. He didn’t have a fever. And then he started throwing up… from 2am to 6am. Good times.
I stayed home with him Thursday, thinking we would both be able to nap, but that didn’t happen. He was happy and playing, and not in the mood to sleep. Around 3:20pm I happened to scratch his back and realized he had a fever. We called the doctor and were able to get in at 3:45pm, when he tested positive for strep.
We asked his doctor about tonsils, and she said that they usually don’t talk about that until a kid has had strep six times. They also consider the size of the child’s tonsils, and his are not large enough for her to be concerned. She thinks this is just something he is going to have to get through, and eventually “grow out of.”
He’s already missed nine days of school this year, so I’m hoping he “grows out of” this soon. At least his grades haven’t suffered… (If you can’t tell, I’m a little proud of my boy.)