The end of the year report card

It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of the school year. The actual school year ends in May, but the kindergarteners in The Boy’s Montessori classroom will have their first standardized tests in a few weeks, and everyone will be plenty busy. Besides, it’s not like the Pre-Kindergarteners’ skill sets will really change all that much during the last 7 weeks of school.

We received The Boy’s report card today, and after Cute Husband and I reviewed it at the dinner table, we told The Boy how very proud we were that his skills had shown marked improvement. When we received his first report card in November, most of the scores were Ps, or “in the process of mastering”. (I prefer to say the P is the equivalent of the S, or “satisfactory”.) This time, most of the Ps were now Es. (E stands for established mastery of a skill. I prefer to think it means “excellent”.)

So which skill sets remained Ps and didn’t improve to Es?

  • Controls own behavior
  • Follows classroom/school rules
  • Listens appropriately
  • Works neatly
  • Good pencil control
  • Writes letters on lined paper
  • Writes the numerals

None of these are surprising to me. I’m a little more surprised (but relieved!) that he has shown mastery in observing table manners, but I’m not at all surprised that he still needs to master controlling his own behavior or any of the other skills listed above. It’s not that he doesn’t know how to follow classroom rules or use his listening ears; he just chooses not to sometimes, and that’s not okay.

All in all, though, it was an excellent report card. He’s shown a tremendous amount of progress in his skill sets, and he is truly thriving in this environment. I have a meeting in a couple of weeks with Ms. M to review what will be expected of him (and what I can expect) once he enters Kindergarten, and I’m sure there will be a few things Cute Husband and I can do with The Boy to help him really prepare over the next few months.

It’s still hard to believe it’s almost the end of the school year, and it’s even harder to believe The Boy will start Kindergarten in the fall. But he loves school, and he’s excited to learn, and I’m continuously amazed by how much this little person has mastered in such a short period of time!

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