There was no school for Sam yesterday. Instead we had a parent teacher conference to discuss how Sam is doing in class. His teachers were very complimentary of him and said he’s a very good boy and they have nothing bad to say about him. I was told that he is a bit of a loner, preferring to do his own thing, but that he is beginning to become more involved in group work. He does seem to get overwhelmed if he is put with too many classmates at once and will then break away and find something else to do on his own. He is good at sharing and while not submissive, avoids confrontation with other children over toys.
I was also given a written report of the teacher’s observations about my little boy:
Child’s experiences, interests and special strengths:
Sam has adjusted well to his class and classmates. Sam enjoys movement. He enjoys trucks and construction. Sam enjoys our outside time and enjoys kicking the ball with his friends and teachers. Sam spends a lot of time in the sandbox when we’re in the playground. Sam enjoys painting and exploring with scissors. Sam also likes to construct train tracks and pretend play with the trains. Sam looks forward to snack time. Sam also likes sensory exploration with water, flour and sand.
Where to go next, goals, areas for growth, hopes and dreams:
Continue to develop relationships with his classmates. Continue to encourage involvement in small group activities. Continue working on sharing. Work on furthering language skills, letter and word recognition. Encourage shape and colour recognition.
Exploring with our senses: The wonder of flour:
“It’s snowing. It’s snowing!” – Tilda
“Snowing. Yummy” – Luca
“I’m making a cake.” – Nora
“Vrooooom, vrooom, vroooooom. Truck. Truck.” – Samuel
In an exploration with cotton wool, glue, brushes and cardboard:
“Looks like a cloud..want make a cloud” – Max
Daphne – “We have a sun” She points to a mirror on the side wall next to our dramatic beach play area.
Liam points to the wall and says “Sun. Sun.”
Daphne says “It’s the ocean, there’s fishies in the ocean, you hear it?”
Samuel – “Fishing, fishing!” He takes the snorkel and tosses it over his shoulder. He aims at the pool and hooks the curved end around a fish inside the pool. He pulls it towards him, grabs the fish and tosses it to Briana sitting nearby. “Fishing, fishing!”
Daphne – “Put the fishies back in the ocean!”