The sting of the last few days has worn off. I'm feeling a lot less defensive and a lot less stressed about the whole thing! To tell you the truth, I think I've been looking for an "incident" to complain about since we've been back in school. I guess I needed some other reason to be angry that we're not homeschooling anymore. I've been looking for some reason to be able to say, "See, it was a bad idea to send them back to school....I was right...we should have continued to homeschool....see, I was RIGHT!" Apparently, I've made this all about me....and really, it's about Amelia.
So what if she's behind the other kids in her class with reading! Big deal! She'll catch up, eventually. I really shouldn't care what this teacher thinks anyway. It makes no difference. Judy was right, let's pretend she went to school last year....so? It doesn't mean she would be reading any better than she is. Not every child is a good reader. Each of my kids has their own unique strengths and gifts. Socially, Amelia is much more advanced than some of the kids in her class. While doing well in socializing isn't going to get her a diploma someday, her attitude can play a huge part! I'm going to focus on encouraging her to read the things she LIKES and go from there.
As far as all the other "issues" this teacher has....I've decided to leave it alone until she brings it up again. If she does, then I will confront her face to face about her biased attitude and request that they pull Amelia out of her class and put her in one of the other 2nd grade classes.
For now, her reading goal for this 2nd quarter has been raised from 7 to 9 AR (Accelerated Reader) points. All we can do is get started and work towards that goal....one book at a time.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement! I sure wish that each of the commenters on this post could have been with me the morning of the parent/teacher conference! She wouldn't have known what to say!
I'll keep you all posted on Amelia's progress. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a great post that I read this afternoon over at Heart of the Matter. This post was written by Christine Hiester, a homeschooling mom of 4. The post title is "Doing or Being", Read it and give yourself a break.
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