Caution: This post is a full on brag about my daughter.
This year at school there is a new behavior program. There are 7 levels – every day each student starts at green “ready to learn” and thru out the day they get moved up or down the chart based on behavior. Ally has earned 6 Outstanding (the highest level) in 7 days of English class. After 5 Outstanding a student gets a coupon to turn in for a prize. Ally was thrilled to show me the journal she picked out at as her prize.
Last night at the Open House for parents we learned that the English teacher is emphasizing listening skills, paying attention, following directions, the ability to keep out of sticky situations, all the basic behaviors that come really easily to Ally. We’ve talked about it several days, because at first she couldn’t really explain why she got “up clipped” to a higher level, and finally she realized that its because most of the things are things she does any way and it requires not a lot of effort for her. But her competitive spirit is kicking in and now she is working even harder at it.
In Spanish she is doing well too, its only been 1 week of class and she was out sick for 1 day. It will be more of challenge in Spanish class as that teacher is putting more emphasis on class participation that just behavior. But I know Ally will do her best.
The other interesting thing at the Open House is that Becky and I got to see Ally’s writing journal. She had told us about a list they made in class. I just had to photograph it. I am so thrilled she has Guatemala on her “Things I like list” and it is so Ally not to have anything to list in the “don’t’ like” column. She is such a positive person. But I admit I am surprised she didn’t write “eating” in that column! We also looked in her book folder and she had 5 books on animals, so typically Ally.
And yes we do still need to work on spelling. But it’s a pretty neat list and we are thrilled she is enjoying second grade.