Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dominic's new school adventure

this picture is by now about 3 weeks old but the last month has gone SUPER fast.
this was Dominic's last week at EO Muncie. during his parent teacher conference it became VERY clear to us that despite his teacher's best efforts,  dominic was not doing well in the area of classroom behavior  so after much deliberation we decided that an on line charter school recomended by his former principal would be a good alternative to the traditional class room.

i have to say that in the last 3 weeks i have learned SO much about why Dominic was not doing well in school behavior wise.

i learned that he hates review, he gets it, he wants to move on.
i learned that he gets hungry at about 10 am, lunch isnt until 11:15.
i learned that the reason he refused for three months to willingly make a journal entry is because he is not good at handwriting.

three key things that directly contributed to his less than stellar behavior.

my goal is to teach him to better discipline himself and control his impulses.
become more comfortable asking for help and communicating.
and of course help him become more comfortable with his handwriting, because school is going to be rough if he refuses to do his work due to bad handwriting.

i know that there are those who disagree with our decision to remove him from a traditional class room for a year and who subtly criticize by asking us about his social development but at this time we believe that this is the best option available to maintain a love of learning and avoid ending up with a kid who hates going to school.

1 comment:

cherilyn_miller said...

Boys tend to not like handwriting, that's just a fact. He's completely "normal" there.
I know you already know this but maybe it's good to hear it and know you have support from somewhere.... but you are doing the right thing, simply because it is the right thing for you and your child and your family. It may not be the best decision for someone else, but it is the best decision for YOU, in this season of your life.
Praise the Lord Almighty that you had Miles earlier this year which prompted your decision to become a stay at home mom which allowed for you to be home to school Dominic when he needed it.
See how that all works? =)