I was worried, a little, after the parent teacher conference we had about Riley in November. Maybe even a lot sometimes. I don’t really expect my children to excel in school, I just want them to be happy. My greatest hope is that they enjoy the experience of school, and that they make friends. I fretted about his teacher’s observation that he was having some social challenges. We talked and talked about it — despite his visible discomfort — but I wasn’t sure if things had improved.
This week he came home with his first report card. It said he’s making solid progress in reading, and tests right at grade level. His reading comprehension is excellent, he shows strong math skills, and thrillingly, he loves writing.
But here’s the part that brought tears to my eyes:
Riley has many friends at school. In the fall he did not have the skills he needed to talk to other children, which resulted in some “tattling” and hurt feelings. I am happy to report that he is able to calm himself, see those things from the other person’s perspective, and work with other children to resolve their differences.
Riley’s work habits make him a model student. The other children follow his quiet lead. He is a sensitive and caring boy who really enjoys school.
What is there to say, except that I am so proud of him. And so, so happy to hear things are going well.