My honey and I were putting together our list of questions/concerns for parent/teacher conferences coming up at the end of this week. We will meet with both boys’ teachers on Friday.
Eli’s list was several items long. More questions than concerns, but long nonetheless.
Keegan’s list had just a couple of bullet points.
I looked at it and questioned if we were worried enough about him. You focus on the child with the obvious concerns. Did Keegan have things going on that we just weren’t seeing because we were so focused on his brother?
So, being the insane parents that we are, we logically talked it out by comparing him to Eli at the same age and looking forward to skills he would need for kindergarten based on what we’ve learned so far from Eli’s class.
We were shocked!
Keegan now writes his name – backwards “g” and all! I worried about that silently for a long time. Eli did it at such an early age. But then Keegan has more letters and Keegan has not ever been my writer – painter, yes, but not writer. But this weekend he wrote his name about 8 times on various pieces of paper so I could take them to work and hang them. A mommy couldn’t be more proud!
He draws now. Stick people with more than just a head! There are small details. Again, he’s my painter. He’s never been known to dwell on the details.
He knows his address and phone number. This comes from listening to his brother recite them over and over to earn his kindergarten skills cards. Chalk one up to being the nosy younger brother!
He recognizes his letters and numbers out-of-order. He wants so badly to read. So, he’ll read to himself or to his stuffed animals. That kid can tell some awesome stories.
When that conversation was over, we realized his list was long enough. We don’t HAVE to worry about him. It’s that moment when the differences between the two boys are more obvious than ever.
And then I wonder if Eli’s list is too long??