Monday, December 3, 2012

Report Card

We got Colin's first report card today for the 1st marking period.  I'm not sure what it was exactly about it, but it left me feeling very uncomfortable and overwhelmed.  To be honest, I had to keep myself from crying (well, I did a bit).  Now, I understand that he is in preschool and this is really just to show progress he is making so far, but to me it just felt like one of those "tests" that we had faced for years showing where the challenges lie.  

The report card was set up so that they used a number scale of 1 (N/A), 2 (needs practice) and 3 (accomplished) to reflect certain areas of development.  The majority of Colin's numbers were 2s, and that in itself was fine because I do understand that he is only in preschool and these are things he needs extra work on to be where peers his age are.  However, what was harder for me to read was the areas for letters and numbers where she listed the numbers he can count to (3), numbers he can identify (just the #1) and then letters he can identify (just one).  I was actually quite surprised by this because while I know it really just depends on the day (we all have been in those situations where our children are being tested and do not show the things they can really do) I'm sure it's a pretty accurate reflection given that she works with him on these things daily.  I guess I just expected this to be better.  

In combination between this and all of the notes we have been receiving from speech regarding the things she is struggling with with him and some of the issues we have been facing because of his lack in communication it's just a bit tough to take/hear.  I know we will keep pushing through and in essence, those tests don't mean as much as long as he is improving; still just upsets this Mommy a tad...

But in true Colin fashion, he really knows how to make a girl feel better...


8 comments:

Nana said...

Oh sweet!

viv said...

Hugs mumma ((()))
You know I was just looking at Fb and wondering how you get such nice shots of you and Colin? Owen doesn't smile for the camera ever! Colin is such a sweet little ham.

Rochelle said...

Think of any eval as a snapshot of that moment (maybe not even his best moment or what he can truly do).
I don't get too worked up over them as I know both girls can do way more than the school ever sees them do.

Hugs and hang in there mama, he is doing great and is going to charm the world just you wait!

Jenny said...

I agree, I think all kids do that...I know Russell never shows off his skills when it counts! You know all Colin is capable of, so don't worry to much about what the report card says...It's just a small part of what they see.

Love the picture...You sure have a sweet boy :)

Laura said...

My Colin (who doesn't have Ds) never performs on command. I'm sure if he was closely analyzed at age 3 he wouldn't have scored very well. So don't cry too much more:) I'm already bracing for Ben's next IFSP in January. I can't even imagine when he starts preschool . . .

Jenni said...

Kelli, remember that these reports are just a snapshot of one person's experience with Colin. My sister, a special ed teacher, just got a new 3rd grader with Ds in her school and the IEP said she didn't know her abcs, which surprised my sister. She said within 1 day of this new girl being at the school, it was clear that she not only knew her abcs but was a smart, talkative and entertaining kid. The IEP didn't reflect her skill set at all. Colin is a great kid with great potential!

April Vernon said...

It is always hard to see those things on paper. It has been the same for me with our therapy meetings every 6 months. No fun.

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

We have Maddie's parent teacher conference next week and I am expecting to cry and then it will be fine! I just have to remember Maddie is good and healthy...I love the pix of u and Colin...to cute..smiles