- I talked with Owen's teacher, apparently 3rd grade is for serious with the writing. They want main ideas and supporting sentences. Whatever. Also, he has timed math tests, 50 problems in a minute which seems a bit much to me. His teacher is also not fond of them but, that is what their grade level does. ( Karma knocks...I have my algebra 1 kids do timed tests, but they have 50 problems in a minute and a half.) He is being tested again for GATE this month, he tested in April but missed the cut-off, and the teacher wants to test him again. Personally, I don't care, but Owen has his heart set on it. So I am crossing my fingers for him, because the weeping will kill me. He sent me an email (he can email us and grandparents) one night, this was his email
It is the saddest most hilarious email ever. I know I shouldn't laugh but the frowny face is what really kills me.
- Kindergarten is killing Maddie. Ok, just the lack of naps, everyday she comes home a frazzled mess. I don't think it is just the sleep, she still sucks her thumb but only with her kitties when she is laying down. I think she is also missing a little quiet time by herself. She is one of the few five year olds who frequently tell people she need a little alone time. She has had her ups and downs since I wrote this. Honestly, the comments were all helpful, but Swistle's comment about validating and compromising were smack my head helpful. I don't care for it when Bud tells me my problems are no big deal, why would Maddie? Note to self: my children are people. I should put that on a sticky note. She is starting to be able to pull herself out of the nosedive of despair, and if all else fails we send her to her room and she falls asleep. One night she fell asleep at 5:45 and didn't wake up until 7:00, she was magical that day.