A full week of school has come and gone now with no major incidences. Squeaker has adjusted to his new routine in the 2nd grade, and it seems the school has decided to adjust their routine to accommodate his needs. We’ve slipped into a comfortable new routine for this school year. The first week of school started off really well with just a few minor glitches.
Squeaker went the first day of school unsure of whether he wanted to even go to school, and came home happy about his first day. He loves his teacher and he enjoys going to his after school daycare. I can breathe easily knowing that we’ve done the right thing. Of course, I say that before he’s had any “real” work. I teach, and we’ve just gone into the routine stuff so far.
Next week will be the real test. Homework will begin. I feel confident that we can handle this 2nd grade stuff, though.
Has he had trouble with not wanting to work? You bet. But most of his refusal to work has not been in the regular classroom. It’s been in his separate, resource classroom. To me, that serves as further proof that perhaps he just needs to stay in the regular classroom more. He will tend to mimic the behavior of those around him. Perhaps seeing the kids around him working will inspire him to work.
Friday, his day was a modge-podge of behaviors. I would classify his behavior as sensory-seeking (pulling velcro, singing, clicking fingers, making noise). All of these behaviors occurred after a fire drill, which he talked about for at least half an hour after I picked him up because he still had not gotten over the fact that they had a fire drill that day.
So, they’ve done a pretty good job fine-tuning things. They’re tracking his behaviors really well. I’m glad they noted the fire drill and what time they had it. That helps me understand his behaviors. Overall, I feel like we’re communicating really well this year, and I’m glad about that because last year was really rough. I think Squeaker will learn and grow at a much greater rate this year. His brilliance will shine and they’ll finally see his intelligence. So, our first week of school did not start off as a bumpy road so much as a road with a few curves in it.