Well, everyone else is writing about their children’s parent-teacher conferences so I guess I might as well too. We had our chat yesterday and everything is well and good. Jake is highly competent in all the basic skills they reviewed. She said he is a very bright boy and just is still having trouble focussing and following directions. He’s one of the younger kids in his class, so hopefully those skills will catch up by mid-year. There are some things we need to work on with him (mostly related to focussing and not rushing through projects), but academically he is doing just fine.
As annoying as it is to hear that your kid is easily distracted in a large group, it’s something he’s going to need to learn how to do in order to deal with life in this world, you know? To me, these social lessons are just as important as academics. I have dealt with far too many socially inept individuals in both professional and personal settings, so I’m really glad that we have good communication with his teacher and we’re working together to get Jake on the right track.