We had Nathan’s first real parent-teacher conference today. Technically, we did get a little evaluation sheet from his old preschool, but not quite the same thing. I really like his Pre-K teacher, she’s very sweet. The Pre-K program is an hour or so mini-session on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where the 4-year-olds do slightly more focused activities. They’ve worked on their names quite a bit, they’ve colored in and cut out shapes, they’ve played Twister, they’ve done an obstacle course, they’ve played a game to learn their left and right, they’ve done color collages. He’s not big on the sitting still activities still, but he’s coming around. He tends to resist a new activity at first but then will come around with some encouragement.
The brief summary is that he loves school, he loves his friends; he knows all his letters down cold, he’s bad at scissors, and he has trouble with transitions. This sounds like the Nathan I know.
He tries to play the teachers. If one tells him he can go outside as soon as XYZ, he’ll say ok and run over to the other teacher and ask when he can go outside. This report also amused me because he does with Jon and I all the time.
He’s intense with is friends. When he gets really involved with building blocks or working on making his German Lodger in the sandbox, he can stay focused for an hour, which is awesome except when it’s time to clean up the blocks or go inside for snacktime. He also really takes it to heart when one of his friends decides he’s done making German Lodger and runs off to ride the tricycles. In that particular incident, Nathan started crying and saying, “Are you not my friend anymore?” Poor kiddo. He sometimes will say something similar to me when I scold him and it’s equal parts heartbreaking and ridiculous.