Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Coming to the End

School is winding down, with just a few weeks left to go. There are end-of-year picnics, concerts, field days, teacher gifts, and other rituals to observe. Blessedly, finals and term papers are years away!!

Sis is extremely excited about first grade. She is ready to be all grown up. I don't know if she realizes that she'll be in school seven hours, with almost another hour for the bus, which will be the most noticeably change between grades. Bud, however, is not happy. He cannot bear to think of leaving his beloved teacher, but then he never likes change. He's already showing stress about it. Poor boy, with my injury, the need for alternate caregivers, the kung fu tournament, the end of school, AND Sis losing two teeth, he really is quite on the edge. But the worry beads are still working. The only thing he is excited about is the possibility of being in the same class as Sis (and yep, that thrills her the least).

Yep, that's right, same class. We've requested that they be in the looping class, which means they have the same teacher and classmates for two years. Studies have shown tremendous benefits, especially in the second year, when there is no getting-to-know-you period between teachers and students. But we couldn't imagine looping just one child, and so, after consultation with the teachers, we've asked to loop them together. Besides the academic benefits, I'm looking forward to only having to keep track of one teacher, one schedule of special activities, one set of assignments, etc etc etc. More than once this year we got things switched and one kid did the other's homework. I think.

Anyway, with all the focus on the end of school and next year's class, the kids keep forgetting about summer. I don't think they really grasp the concept of vacation, especially one that's two months long. They know they're going to camp--Lego and Girl Scout and kung fu--and will probably have swim lessons but don't seem to understand exactly when that is.

They'll learn.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of the looping class. It makes so much sense. I sent the link to Dot. I'll be interested to discuss it with her at our next dinner.