Monday, June 6, 2011

Straight A Students!

Well she's not dead yet and it sucks and it's painful. That's my Grandma update.

In other happier and less completely demoralizing news, my three school aged children have finished their 4th, 2nd and Kindergarten years of school with a fabulous splash of success.

All three got straight A's (or the Kindergarten equivalent of 'secure') and I couldn't be more proud.

Rose's teacher was a first year teacher and was more then complimentary in the comments section of Rose's report card:

Your work ethic is just one reason why the rest of the students look up to you. You were an absolute joy to have in class and I am extremely proud of you. Have an awesome summer!

Rose and I were reading this together and gloating over how wonderful it was of the teacher to say those nice things when we both look up to a crying Olivia. The only comment anywhere on her year end report card or papers was:

Have a great summer!

I did my best to cheer her up, but was very conscious of the fact that her teacher had problems with her from the very start of school. I had a few phone calls and notes and finally a conference about the fact that Olivia had a hard time concentrating, listening and following directions. "She's just always off in her own world." I laughed when I heard that, because I feel like Olivia has a mark of an awesome person, a day dreamer...I suppose what might help would be a change in her work ethic and I suppose I'll have to work on that with her. I would just hate to change her any. She's maddening at times, but she's just Olive and that's awesome.

Maxine could have cared less what her teacher said about her and that's kind of a good thing. Her teacher has sent many notes home to me that Max is talking too much, not listening and being too bossy with the other kids in her class. After countless talks with Max about this, I've come to the realization that there is nothing I can do about it. She has no idea what the teacher is talking about at all. Her teacher's end of the year comment was:

Thank you for being a unique and exceptional child. Please work on your bossiness and make me proud in first grade by being nicer and quieter during the school day and by not getting in trouble with your teacher!

I read this to Maxine and she just shrugged her shoulders.

"Momma, I think that note is for another kid. Maybe Brianna. She's the bossy one."

Oy vey.

I used to ask my Grandmother in times of panic about something Max had done or when she wouldn't eat for days or when she would cry for hours for no apparent reason: "What am I going to do with her?!" And my Grandma would say, "Love her, Erin. That's all you can do."


liz woodbury said...

aw, what good advice from your grandma. congratulations to all of your little smarty pantses!!

Alli said...

Your Maxine sounds quite a bit like my daughter was in her early years at school. Talking nonstop, bossy, correcting the teacher..and yet, super creative, really smart, and not a mean bone in her body. (She didn't understand why people called her bossy when she was only trying to help!) Now she's finishing up sixth grade, still very unique, but much better at controlling herself. My aunt always said the trick is to tame the beast without breaking the child. :)

Steam Me Up, Kid said...

Ugh. I kind of hate Olivia's teacher right now.

And Max is kind of my hero.

Congratulations on your sharp little brood!

Logical Libby said...

I hate Olivia's teacher too. That has nothing to do with her -- it's just being lazy.

Ally said...

awww, your grandma is so accepting. i love her advice. i was always hated by my teachers. i wasn't even a really bad kid, i was just a dreamer. my dad always said he didn't care if my grades were low, he just never wanted to hear that i was disruptive or rude to teachers or fellow students and i never was. i just had trouble concentrating. :(

you've got some super smart girls there :)

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Brenda C. Boylan said...

Grandma advice is always so awesome! I have one like Maxine, she is named Katy and she is bossy and sometimes not nice, but is a really good student. I also have one like Olive, her name is Maddie. Always off in her own world, but never missing a beat! I love this about her. Congrats on the good grades and good job for being supportive of your kiddos!

Colleen said...

It's so amazing how developed kids' personalities are at this tender age. It sounds like you have your hands full, in a good way.