I’m fairly amused by L’s writing. Because she’s going to French school, she writes her numbers the French way, and they write English exclusively in cursive.
I’m too lazy to search for a writing sample at the moment . Maybe later.
So far, I’m actually extremely pleased with L’s school. H and I thought the academics were probably sub-par, a conclusion we drew form the 90s era “computer lab” and the fact that they obviously have a much smaller pool of teachers to draw from. But I think the coursework is actually fairly rigorous for first grade. Memorizing 10 lines of French poetry every couple weeks is on the face of it rather pointless, but I think it’s teaching L a type of rigor that will serve her well. Weekly spelling tests in French and even French worksheets are always challenging, just due to the language barrier. L’s French has taken off, thankfully. (At one point late last school year, I was wondering if she would ever learn.)
On the social side, I am worried. I see in L all the things that I myself struggled with in elementary school – paralyzing shyness and general social awkwardness that my sister never struggled with, and similarly, L’s little sister has no issues with. In addition, L has a level of cautiousness that I never had, and the combination I fear will make life difficult for her as she grows older. Her teacher says she is usually on her own at recess, apparently by choice, because she considers the games too rough. (L says the same thing.) Her teacher is absolutely wonderful and working to help her include herself in the games, but just as lack of ability in math or reading given a different rate of learning will become more pronounced, I fear the same will happen with social skills.
For myself, I feel that I’ve managed to attain enough social skills to function relatively well in society and at work. My theory is that most people plateau at some point, maybe 16 or 18 or 21, and for those of us who were behind, if we continue to work at it, we can catch up. I do feel I caught up a bit. In school, I do think i struggled doubly because I was much younger than everyone else, thanks to starting school in PA with a 12/31 deadline and a 12/23 birthday and then moving. L is nearly a full year older than I was in first grade, and I’m hopeful that that will help her navigate a little better socially.