Tonight I had my first official parent/teacher conference with K’s teacher. I have been looking forward to this since the first day of school. Not having daily, one-on-one contact with her teacher was a big adjustment for me when she started first grade. There was a “speak to the masses” Parent Information Night in September, but tonight I got to talk to her alone.
Her teacher, Mrs. D, is delightful. I liked her immediately when I met her in September, and that didn’t change tonight. K also adores her. She is an older teacher, with lots of experience, but keeps up with current research and implements the new things she learns in the classroom.
The good: K seems to excel in math and in the social sphere. Mrs. D said she makes her laugh everyday, and repeated several times how delightful she is.
The not-so-good: We are both concerned about K’s progress in reading. I’m upset by this because I love reading, and I want my children to love it too. She seems to really struggle with it, and things I thought she had learned seem to trip her up later. Her teacher said she’s not ready to call in the big guns, but is keeping an eye on her. When I asked what else we could do at home, she really just said keep doing what we do, which is read everyday, and keep up with the sight words she brings home. At one point I said something to the effect of “I don’t know what else to do, I mean, we read everyday,” and Mrs. D said “Oh, I can tell what kind of home she comes from,” meaning she could tell we are a reading household. I felt good about that, at least.
I also had a chance to talk to the speech teacher, since I also have concerns about K’s speech. Apparently she doesn’t have quite “enough” problems to get services in school, but she did give me some exercies to work on with her, and offered to meet with the two of us next week, so we’ll do that. Hopefully we can nip this in the bud!
All in all, a productive conference. I got to hear some great things about my kid, and had some of my concerns validated, with somewhat of a plan for dealing with them.