This actually happened in my county. I was appalled to hear about this going home with 8 year olds and very shocked it would have gone home. At our school in the same county each grade has the same coarse work. If third grade is leaning multiplication they were all doing the same worksheets and tests. This teacher did not follow proper protocol. This is in appropriate on every level. There was no social or moral context to these questions. This teacher or any one else that approved this assignment to go home should be fired.
This has made the local, state, and now national media. I saw it mentioned on Fox News, Parents magazine and now the Talk, a new celebrity talk show. It is just absolutely appalling and I really do hope that this teacher will be fired. The slave question was bad enough but there was a question about how many beatings Fredrick Douglas received and that is outrageous. I hope this national attention will put pressure on the school and county to fire all involved.
Well, over Christmas I’ve noticed some tiny changes in my 9 1/2 year old daughter. She is in the early stages of puberty. Before I can wrap my brain around all this she brings a letter home that her school is going to be watching a video on sex education. Wow! We’ve had numerous discussions on puberty and body changes for her since she was 3. However, I have not delved into the world of sex education yet and thought I had a little more time. Now I’m reading books on how to approach the subject. A friend recommended a book by Kevin Leman, called a chicken’s guide to talking turkey about sex. I am impressed just by reading the first chapter. I wasn’t sure if it would take a bury your head in the sand approach as a good number of Christians and adults seem too but it is very blunt and I am getting very helpful parenting advice.
My parents never really said anything about puberty or sex other than “don’t have sex before your married.” So when I became a parent I spoke with my husband and we decided we were going to be open, honest and delve into this as a family conversation. I want her to be comfortable with her body through these changes and understand it’s normal. I want her to feel she can come to us at any time and ask any thing she wants. I feel like as a parent you need to research, learn and grow. This is a topic that is so new to me as far as teaching my children so I want to get it right.
Almost everyone I have spoken with said their parents never said anything about sex or puberty we all learned it from TV or our friends. I want my relationship with my daughers to be different. So I am very nervous but I will it’s important and hopefully it will get easier when my now five year old goes through this in a four or five years.
Our school allows us to watch the video they are showing before our children will view it so I am going to do that. If it lines up with our values and what I would be discussing with her then she can view it. I definitely do not want her getting wrong information from her friends.
I cannot believe my first born is old enough to be learning and going through this already. Time flies so quickly and she’ll be graduating high school before I know it.
From the time my little pookie started preschool which was 2, we were asked if she had hearing problems. She has passed all of her hearing tests even the one the school gave her a few months ago. Her grades are all A’s and an occasional B. Her test scores are through the roof. She exceeded above the national average on every area but math. Math she met the expectation on. She baffled her teacher this year because she takes almost no info in through her hearing and 98% visual learner. She is above grade level in reading and writing. She was almost placed in gifted but didn’t quite pass their test required to get in. I spoke with her pediatrician about it and she said Pookie may have a disorder called Auditory Processing Disorder. I am not going through the school to hopefully have her tested. It is very frustrating year after year to hear teachers ask if she has hearing issues. This would explain so much if she does have this. To have her tested I will have to have the teacher bring her up on SST. Hopefully, we can get some answers. While she is doing well now, I’m concerned about upper grades. She had a very patient teacher this year who worked with her but some teachers may not be so patient and understanding with 30 kids. She absolutely cannot follow multi-step directions. You physically have to stand in front of her and repeat each thing one at a time. My four year however can get a list of instructions audibly and follow them with no issues. Praying they will still test her since her grades and test scores are so high.
This is hilarious!! I was laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair. If you in desperate need of a laugh or need some joy you must watch this.
I am sitting in my car waiting to go through the afternoon carpool pick up. The line is more than a mile long and we are just starting to move. I hear my three year old say, “Mommy I have to go potty!” Oh no the dreaded words no parent wants to hear especially when you are stuck in a line or something you cannot get out of. All I could do was distract and pray. We picked up my daughter and made it home just in time.
Pookie is having a book swap for her winter party in a couple of weeks. This is a neat idea. We each have to buy a book for $5 or less and have each child write their name inside the book then wrap it. The day of their party they will exchange books so each child will bring a new book home.
I reserved a copy of a Henry and Mudge book by Cynthia Rylant. Borders has an on-line check to see if a paticular book is in stores. This is great because I don’t have to go all over God’s green earth looking for a book. I found it. It will be reserved and I can pick it today or tomorrow.
Pookie loves her books. It was also on the book list for appropriate books for her class.
I had to change my schedule around due to two days of early release from Pookie’s school. These are the days when you meet with the teachers to go over your child’s progress. Pookie is doing really well in all areas. I do miss my extra time to get things done but I enjoy her being home too. She can read this so she is giving me a big hug and kiss. Now it is time to go do homework and then I will start dinner and laundry.
Pookie brought home this big foot she had cut out.
“Mommy do you know why we do not measure things by people’s feet?”
“It is not a standard measurement. People’s feet are all different sizes. Rulers are a standard measurement.”