Thursday, November 12, 2015

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We had parent-teacher conferences with Amelie's Kindergarten teacher and her student teacher last night. I asked if they were going to say good things before we went & she got this panicked look on her face and said, "I don't know."

They gave us a list of the sight words that they've been working on, and I was impressed. She can read 9 of the words and spell 8 of them. The way she spells "I" (number 7) is really funny -- I can imagine her sounding it out.

She got "Satisfactory" in 
  • Listens attentively
  • Follows directions
  • Participates in discussion/activities
  • Works neatly and carefully
  • Works without disturbing others
  • Accepts responsibility for materials
  • Cooperates with others
  • Shows respect for others
  • Keeps hands and body to self
  • Practices self-control
  • Accepts responsibility for behavior
  • Reading effort
  • Math effort
  • Social Studies effort
  • Science effort
And "Inconsistent" in
  • Accepts responsibility for own learning
  • Stays on task
  • Completes work
The categories were "Satisfactory," "Making improvements," "Inconsistent," and "Needs improvement." I knew that she wasn't completing all of her work since we could see the unfinished things that she brought home in her backpack. We've been finishing them up at home & the teacher said that she finishes them quickly when it means she's missing out on something else. 

Here were the comments: 
In reading group, Amelie has been working on matching her finger to each word read. She has also been working on beginning and ending sounds of words. She has great effort and enthusiasm when she comes to reading group. 

In math, we have worked on sorting and classifying, position and location, shapes and numbers. We have practiced writing and identifying numbers 0-31 and counting to 100. Amelie identified 11 out of 32 numbers and counted to 29 on her most recent assessment. Please help Amelie practice identifying numbers 11-31 when they are out of order and count accurately to 100. I appreciate Amelie's great attitude and effort in math class. 

In writing, Amelie's effort has improved somewhat. She does her best work with adult support to keep her focused on the task. When she puts forth her best effort, she produces great work. 

In social studies and science, we focused on animal visitors from the science office, learning how to work together in our learning community, and learning more about holidays around the world. 

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