Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kindergarten: Third Week

We started the week off really good and ended this week on a bad note. A note so bad that I called a behavioral health facility to finally have him tested for adhd/add. Friday he was running around the classroom with the yardstick using it as a lance, stole other kids snacks, pushed a kid on the playground, threw wood chips on the playground, would NOT sit still for one second and he ended up getting kicked out of the classroom that day. This is NOT the kind of behavior I see at home and I really am at a loss for WHY he's acting like this at school. So he does have an appointment to be tested for behavior problems next Thursday!

Last week was spirt week and we had so much fun dressing up for each day. Here are some pictures from last week :)

(Lazy Monday- Wear your Jammies-Madyn's Jammies were star wars legos. He LOVES that game!)

(Tuesday- Topsy Turvy day; Wear mismatched clothes!)

(Color War Wednesday- Kindergarten got to wear BLUE!)

(Crazy Head Thursday- we messed up Madyn's Hair!)

(side/back of messed hair!)

(Falcon Friday- Wear school gear/colors [we don't have any falcons shirts so he wore a gray/black baseball shirt!) :)

(pouty face)

Here are some miscellaneous ones that I took each day. Enjoy!

He got hurt on the playground on Wednesday! Below is the picture of my lil bruiser!

So yes, we're hoping to have a better week this week! We shall see!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Kindergarten: Second Week

So we've now got two weeks worth of school under our belt. Madyn started week three today and we'll report on this week next Monday!

Last week went pretty well. I'm sure we could've done better, but I'm pretty proud of the progress and growth I'm seeing! Madyn started the week out on a red. He was just very talkative! Tuesday he was absent because he woke up sick! Wednesday was back to school and he had a yellow day that day, However when he returned to school on Thursday he had his first BLUE day! He finished the week out on an orange! Yay! I think he's starting to understand how he's SUPPOSED to behave at school, but we'll see what this week brings.

They [his school] does tests at the beginning, middle and end of the school year. When Madyn was tested he identified 23/30 letter sounds! Yay! When they mixed up the letters, both uppercase and lowercase and had him pick out the ones he knows, he correctly identified 30/51! Not too bad in my opinion! :) I'm happy! I think he's very smart!

He's starting to identify other children as his "friends." He sits next to a girl who's a red head and he seems to play with her at lunch, but there's another lil guy that he plays with too. Its so cute and exciting that he's making friends now.

He still doesn't get why he doesn't go to school on Saturdays and Sundays and says "my friends are going to be sad that I'm not there with them." We have explained that he doesn't go to school  on the weekends, just like daddy doesn't go to work on the weekends.

This week is school spirit week! I am hoping that he has fun with this! Today is pajama day! He's got his new star wars lego pajama's on and he loves them!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kindergarten: First week :)

We have one week of school under our belts and are on our second week starting today!

Last week started out with Madyn's first day of school. He got there a little before 8 o'clock am.  When we pulled into the parking lot Madyn immediately said "bye mom" as if we were just going to drop him off and let him go by himself!! We got out of the truck and walked him to his classroom, he was instructed to put his backpack on a carpet that has shapes and colors around the border. He then immediately went and played. Brandon and I talked to the teacher briefly and then gave Madyn kisses and hugs and wished him good luck! That day when we picked him up from school he came up to us with a pouty face and said "I had a bad day, I got a yellow". Well at this point we didn't know what "yellow" meant and assumed it was just a warning. We made sure to get the teacher's attention to let her know we were there to pick Madyn up. When she noted us picking him up she said "oh he had a bad day too." Which means he wasn't the only one that had a bad day thankfully. She told us he was wrestling kids to the ground and yelling/screaming in the halls! While this behavior doesn't surprise me it does sadden me! I was hoping he'd have a great day and be a great student. When we got home, we talked to Madyn and told him that behavior was NOT acceptable.

Tuesday was the first day I was to walk Madyn to school. He did great and didn't complain or anything. We got there before 8 o'clock. It took us 31 minutes to walk there the first day. As on Monday we headed in through the office, but was told that to better direct traffic flow and prevent clogging up the office we needed to wait outside by the library until the 8 o'clock bell rang. So out we walked to be by the office. We waited against the wall, I reiterated that the behavior he exhibited on Monday was not acceptable and that he had to have a better day! That day he had an Orange! The scale that they use for behavior is as follows: They start out on Orange, they can either go up or they can go down. Going up they can earn a blue, or a purple or going down they can earn a red or a yellow. We cheered for Madyn and rewarded him with a little lego set! We were so happy to hear he had a great day!

Wednesday he came home from school with an Orange as well! I was a very happy mommy to see he had two oranges in a row! I thought maybe he had started to understand how school works and the rules, but thursday was a different story. He came home with a red on Thursday! Thursday the teacher said he was just disregarding her teaching and talking to other children while she was talking. When she asked him to stop he started crying very loudly (this is usually his "sleepy" cry). Friday was the same as Thursday. When he got home Thursday we grounded his TV & Video game privileges until he can exhibit better behavior at school. Trying to nip this behavior before he gets in bigger grades and it becomes worse!

So today he started fresh for a new week! We again reinforced the kind of behavior that IS acceptable and are holding our breaths and crossing all things crossable that he has a great day!

I'll continue to blog about Kindergarten as the year continues! come back :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

"Replace fear of the unknown with Curiousity"

Such an awesome quote. I swear this was written for me to see! I have such a great fear of the unknown it bothers me sometimes. Especially when it comes to being a mom of a kindergartener. I know I keep talking about it, and if you're reading again you're probably sighing  (I'm sorry!). I haven't been in this situation before so I am scared! Once August 8th comes and goes I'm sure I'll be fine! I mean millions of moms/parents experience this every year and they survive right? That means I will too.

I'm curious as to what he'll learn this year. I'm curious about what kind of other kids he'll be drawn to. Will he focus on school versus making friends? Will he be shy when he's surrounded by all the kids in his class? What will be his favorite subject?

SO many questions! I can't WAIT til next week gets here!

This week will be pretty exciting too! Thursday we have meet the teacher night! Saturday is our house warming party! All the other days I'll be cleaning and organizing and making sure everything has a place so that when Saturday gets here it looks perfect!

Hope everyone else had a great weekend and here's to another fantastic week! :)