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maddie's first report card

Monday, November 24, 2008

We had our first parent/teacher conference for Maddie today and while the results weren't spectacular for a typical four year old...they were remarkable for our little girl.
Academically, Maddie is doing fine.
Mrs. C says Maddie knows her colors and can count to 10, but usually stumbles on three and five.
She is learning to recognize her name...spelling and writing it will come later.
She is being taught to use scissors, paint and glue.
She is mastering how to share, sit still and take turns.
All in all the teacher is very pleased.
Mrs. C says Maddie is a little sponge...absorbing all the new information. She says she's never seen a child so anxious to learn. (That's probably because she's never had a child who went from a deaf world to a hearing world AND had a change of language in the middle of it all! :)
Maddie is still working through a bit of a stubborn streak (What is it with my kids?!) Mrs. C says there are times when Maddie has to be convinced to do her classwork, but once she's been talked into it, she works hard to get it done.
I asked the all important, 'Will she be ready for kindergarten in two years' question...and she said Yes. It will take some work, but she is convinced we can get her ready to go.
Music to my ears.
I have been worried about it. Her language is SO delayed...and it is SO hard to understand anything she says, I'm concerned about how successful she'll be. Or more specifically, how her teachers will respond to her needs. Technically she will be eligible to start kindergarten next fall...but she will be nowhere NEAR ready.
So we'll hold her back. Give her an extra year to use her scissors, learn her letters and absorb.
And then we'll send her.
It's nice to know Maddie will have a teacher like Mrs. C to help cheer her on.

5 salty messages:

Tina in CT November 25, 2008 at 6:35 PM  

I'd say you and Shad were given a wonderful Thanksgiving present with Maddie's glowing parent/teacher report!

Ashley November 25, 2008 at 6:36 PM  

She is doing just great! I think it's a great idea to start her in kindergarden in 2 years. I am glad she has a teacher that is helping her.

Courtney November 26, 2008 at 11:57 AM  

Obviously you know what's best for Maddie, and you can always reevaluate her as KG gets closer. But don't hold her back because you think she's hard to understand. We put Dima in KG this year because we knew, academically, he was ready for it--and he's doing great! But his speech eval came back with his speech at 3.1 yo, so obviously he's very hard to understand. Just something to keep in mind--Maddie will find a way to communicate and if she's ready for KG, do consider putting her in. :)

Kathy and Matt November 26, 2008 at 12:10 PM  

Way to go, Maddie!

Such awesome news to hear how well she's doing.

It's wonderful to read how she's so excited to learn.

Sheryl November 28, 2008 at 9:42 AM  

Yeah, Maddie!
I've often said anyone can learn anything if they are willing to learn. That is half the battle. It's dear to my heart to see a child come from such a disadvantaged background to one with advantages. A loving family, an encouraging teacher, a positive preschool experience, and medical technology. Maddie seems so happy and full of life. God bless.

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