Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Just when we thought we were good school parents

We are just into our third week of first grade and everything had been going smoothly. No missed school buses (well there was one missed pickup, where he was brought back to school), no missed lunches or lunch money, all homework done, and most importantly, no bad reports from his teacher. Then we got two notes today. One for a late library book which he insisted that he didn't needed to return yet and this one from his teacher.

Of course we went right into lecture mode about needing to do assignments whether he liked them or not. And to stop being so stubborn (nearly impossible with the parents he got). We tried to get him to complete the assignment at home, but he still hemmed and hawed about it. I told home to write exactly how he felt and he finally (after spending five minutes on each letter) wrote this.

I dont like farms. Becos it is smely.
And to show it was authentic, I left alone all his inventive spelling (which drives both Adam and us bonkers) and incorrect grammar. I hope his teacher has a sense of humor, although she didn't appear to during the open house.


Anonymous said...

I had to laugh at this - we had a similar situation like this with my youngest son. He is the same way, if he doesn't like his assignment, he simply won't do it. I can't tell you the countless times we've had "talks" with both him and his teachers.

You guys are doing a wonderful job. You're teaching him that we all have to do things we don't want to do sometimes but that is part of life and we just have to deal with it the best we can. Good for you. Hang in there.

Kristen said...

Looking at that note from the teacher it looks as though she could use a little spelling practice herself. Yikes!

Bigqueue said...

Hmmm.....seems like the same normal stuff I remember with my kids. (though they liked farms at that point....now they are not so excited about them though)

He seems to have a very bright and colorful sun in the sky....which makes for a pretty nice day!

Hang in there....sounds like normal pushing of the limits to me.

Kristin said...

The teacher sounds like she is taking this all a bit too seriously... I mean, keeping a little boy in at recess is foolish... I can understand her wanting him to finish the assignment, but kids need to run and expel energy and it is, after all just 1st grade!

As for his story, well, I love it!

Anonymous said...

Please tell me that the picture cut off the end of the word "supposed"! Eeek. I wouldn't worry about it. He's obviously good at thinking for himself!