Now we take Mica and Isaak with us. Many parents take their kids. Some kids go into the conference. We have our kids sit out in the hallway to watch a DVD that they've agreed on.
Thankfully this year both teachers were on time. Last year we had to split up because one teacher was running late. It seemed like I connected more with Isaak's teacher, and Travis connected more with Mica's teacher.
We started in Isaak's classroom. She started out saying, "You have a wonderful boy! He's smart, artistic, cares about his work, and tries hard."
I told her our only concerns as far as school goes:
- Isaak runs on emotions. Much more than other boys do. There are times when he'll come home from school and will say, "No one played with me at recess." I've heard less of this, this year. Hopefully it's something he's growing out of. He's like that at home at times to. When we're all doing our own thing he'll say, "No one plays with me." and gets really sad. We've been trying to get Mica to do more with Isaak, and Isaak to figure out things to do on his own.
- Isaak's emotions have gotten in the way of him reading. He had a low self esteem thinking he couldn't read. Now that's finally going away.
- He's a people pleaser. In school he knows it's his job, so he does his best to follow what the teacher wants. At home if he does a drawing he'll show it to everyone expecting, "WOW Isaak that's really good."
- He has a small bladder. There's a rule at school where kids can only go to the bathroom at certain times. Sometimes Isaak needs to go when Isaak needs to go. His teacher is letting him have a pass to go to the bathroom when he needs to. Too many kids go to the bathroom to just walk the halls.
Isaak has super neat handwriting. Once he was told to write bigger. It was only because it was too small for his teacher to read it. At home we've been trying to get Mica to write smaller.
It's good to know he's doing just fine in school.
Towards the end of his conference I was sent a text that my mom's cousin - my 2nd cousin was found dead that morning. She liked much of what I wrote on facebook, and seemed concerned when Isaak wouldn't read to us. I wish I could have told her that Isaak's above the national average in reading. I wish I could have told her how much it meant to me that she cared enough to comment and like a lot of my things on facebook. It's so sad that she died suddenly!