Well, I’m back – and before you can say it – I know I’ve been gone too long – almost a month! I don’t really have any good excuse. I’ve been sick (twice) and Ms. Bennet has been sick – and out almost a week. And all the kids have been getting sick. So I’ve been a bit stressed and really, really tired and haven’t felt like logging on and posting about anything! But I’m back – and I have to say I’ve missed my blog!
First, an update on Jumpy. Well, there really is no update – he hasn’t been back to school since that first week and the office hasn’t heard or been able to contact the family. I’m hoping they found a school that could better meet his needs and that they are happy. And, as horrible as this is going to sound, I feel a bit relieved. I was worried about how I was going to handle his situation (and his possible special needs) while still giving the rest of my class the attention they need. Don’t get me wrong, I would have given it my best attempt – I don’t back away from challenges – I’m just glad I didn’t have this one extra thing on my plate right now.
On another note, Progress Reports went out this last week! I’m always dreading progress report time (I do them 3 times a year: December, April, and again in May) because I fear that the children won’t show any progress! I was happy with how all the children performed! I have about 5 (out of 20 kids) who I feel will not be ready for Kindergarten. I recommended they do another year of Pre-K. I’ll see how their parents respond to this suggestion next week. I can’t force a child to learn. Those few children lack focus and give up really easily. I’ve been asking their parents to help them at home (don’t know if they are or not) but little to no progress has been made.
So, now that I’m finally feeling human again (and not sick and exhausted) I’ll try to post somewhat regularly! Spring break is here (we don’t close for spring break – we just don’t do academics) and the sun is supposed to be out all next week! We are doing a unit on bugs/insects and the weather will help us so that we can explore outside to see what we can find. Thanks you for being patient while I’ve been gone! Like I said before: It’s good to be back! 🙂