That’s my NEW Braeden cheer!
THIS was my “e-mail” conference from Braeden’s 2nd grade teacher-
Braeden is doing great! He is a joy to teach and has such a great attitude. Below are all his scores and such with the individualized testing we do periodically throughout the year.
DRA: = 28. (They should be at a 28 by the end of 2nd grade)
ZPD: = 3.2-4.4 (3rd grade 2nd month-4th grade 4th month)
MAP: the academic leveled test taken 3 times a year to measure growth.
Reading: Fall Spring
They should be at a 190 for Spring
Math: Fall Spring
They should be at a 191 for Spring
He truly is a great kid. If there were to be anything he could work on, it would be how frustrated he gets when something doesn’t go his way. For example he really gets fired up on the playground with basketball. I don’t know what it is about boys in sports, but he really gets mad when things get messed up, or there isn’t any passing going on. I currently have my basketball on “time out.” Ithink they all need some cooling down. He also gets a little fired up in class especially when our class is talking to much (which helps me out), but there is no reason for him to feel that way. Again if I were to pick anything for a place to grow that would be it.
Other than that, you have raised a great son. I love how much fun he is to teach and the amount of time he takes in his work. If you have any more questions about anything just let me know.
THAT’S MY BOY! Bless his heart, he gets his need for things to be “perfect” and his competitive nature HONESTLY! Both Mike and I are sports lovers and sometimes we forget that first and foremost it is supposed to be fun. We’ve always told Braeden that he needs to pride himself in showing good sportsmanship more than skill. We KNOW he has the skill and the capability to be a great athlete, but I think Mike and I need to do a better job at setting the example of a “good sport.” I admit I tend to get a little “fired up” when watching his games and like Mike told me the other night when I was getting frustrated, they ARE kids and they ARE still learning (both how to play and how to show sportsmanship).
I do have to chuckle a bit about him getting mad when his class talks. My guess is that he is afraid that if the class gets in trouble as a whole than that is the same as him getting in trouble. Since he tells us everything and admits to every mistake, I bet he’s just looking for a break and a day when he can say he DIDN’T get in trouble. Oh that kid just melts my heart. I love him so much!
Speaking of getting in trouble- here’s a funny conversation between Mikey and I one night:
Mama- “Mikey you are going to go night night in YOUR bed tonight!” (the prior night I gave in and he and Braeden both hoped in my bed with me and I had an AWFUL sleep).
Mikey- “No Mommy, I will cry!”
Mama- “No you won’t Mikey, you are a big boy and big boys do not cry at night night time.”
Mikey- “NO MAMA! I am NOT a big boy…..I am a BAD boy!”
Just for an FYI as much as he may deserve it at times, I NEVER EVER call that precious little guy a “bad boy!”
Have a great weekend. Nana and Roy are coming in tomorrow to see Braeden and celebrate his Birthday (which is Thursday). We have a basketball game tomorrow too and I am going to work on my “positive, encouraging cheers!”