she's an e

An entire semester has gone by in a flash and I find myself completely unable to accept that the year did NOT just start. It sure feels like it. I still don't have that rhythm you seem to find once things settle in. You know, the methods we adopt to lug allllll the bags and hats and gloves from the car to the house, or the routine when we get home and everyone simultaneously wants your undivided attention, a snack, to play a game, help with homework and you need to make dinner. Yeah, no. We don't have a rhythm and yet here we are at the end of December.

It is progress report time. We had a very positive parent teacher conference in November, so we weren't expecting any surprises on Caroline's progress report. We had, I think, formed a collaborative relationship with her teacher. We had a list of things we can do at home that we continue to work on and through and around.

When we met with her teacher in November she was preparing for the reading assessments which she would use to document the progress report. She shared that in September our Caroline had 24 sight words. The most recent assessment had her up to 78. She expected she would test into level D, she warned us that it was as hard to test beyond level D as it was to get into it. She prepared us for what level she expected her to be at and together we worked on a plan to get her to where she needs to be at the end of the year and prepared for second grade. It was a fully doable plan, one that we all have great confidence in, one we know Caroline can handle.

Imagine our great delight when this was inside her report.


Even sweeter was this face when her book envelope this week held letter "E" books. I got all choked up and could not tell her enough how incredibly proud we were of her hard work and tenacity to stick with it and wow. She is on pace to more than meet her standards, to go beyond our expectations.

I'm not sharing to emphasize the "E," but to reinforce that kids are AMAZING. She decided it was important, she focused on it, and here she is. We had worries and questions and without ever sharing those concerns with her, look at her.

I am incredibly proud of her. I might be even MORE proud of her "advanced proficiency" in respecting the rights and feelings of others.

Now that I really take that all in, I am. She can be a good student. She can make her marks. She can advance her education and learn about her specific interests, but at the end of it all, if she cannot be a good person who cares about others, well then we failed her, didn't we?

She warms my soul this one. She reminds me what is important and that 4 right there, THAT is the most important thing.


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