My son & school - prayers needed!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It's been a while since I've updated about my son and his schooling.
A lot of last week, Josiah was home sick, stomach flu & then strep on top of that.
Josiah has open house this coming Thursday.
Due to all the changes in his class, with so many teachers, first his teacher Mrs. Tucker (now retired), then the teacher Mr. Douty, who was the sub from Oct till Feb for while Mrs. Tucker was on Medical leave, then retired while he was in her class, he told the school he was willing to stay on throughout the whole school yr. Then just before Valentines Day, they tell Mr. Douty that he's no longer going to be the teacher for the class, he had told them that he was going to take a small family vacation which they do every yr around that time, he was going to have them get a sub for him while he was gone... but just before Valentine's day they tell him, nope you're not going to be in this class anymore. So that was a Wed. his last day was a Thurs. So they had a sub for the Friday which was a Valentine's party (kids get pumped FULL of sugar, geez!). The following week, on Wed when school was back in session, they had a new teacher... Mrs. Mackenzie, instantly I loved her and Josiah loved her. She loved the kids and you could just TELL her love for them flowed out of the room into the homes of those kids. I soon found out that she is a Christian, so no wonder I had an instant love and connection to her, we quickly became friends. Josiah was doing AWESOME in class, getting all of his work done, listening to her, etc. BUT, it wasn't to last till the end of the year, for some reason she was no longer in the class, probably because of her Christianity or something, who knows. The school is so secretive, they don't want teachers & subs to have contact outside the school, they have to go through the office with messages to each other. Parents are not to have contact with the teachers outside of the school either. So Josiah and his class went through 2-3 weeks of constant changes of SUBS, A new sub each day. Josiah starts acting up in class, the teacher helper let me know a few times that he was not doing his work in the groups, he was either playing around with a pencil or just sitting there not doing a thing. Some days depending on the type of sub, he would get his school work all done, but other days... not. Then 2 weeks ago, Mr. Douty is back in the class, supposedly to stay till the end of the yr. Josiah did ok with Mr Douty before, but not AWESOME like with Mrs. Mackenzie. Josiah likes Mr. Douty, but for some reason he will not listen to him this time around, where as the time before, Mr. Douty didn't have to tell Josiah more than once to stop doing something he shouldn't be doing. But this time around, he won't listen, he's always talking, playing around, etc, Mr. Douty tells him to stop talking or playing around, turns his back to do something else and Josiah is back to doing what he was. He's not been doing his work, been getting his name put on the "fence" where he is in trouble & he misses recess. So starting today, if Josiah doesn't start doing his work in class, then that work comes home for homework every day of the week, until he gets it through his head that he has to do all of his work or at least TRY, which right now he's not even TRYING.
The last week of school his class is going to have a pizza party, but there will only be certain kids that will be allowed to join in on the pizza party, kids that are doing all their work, listening, etc will be invited to participate in the pizza party. Kids that aren't will go to another class to do work, etc while his class are enjoying their pizza, etc.
It's so hard to know what to do, especially when we go through it some of the time here at home. I haven't the foggiest why he keeps doing what he is doing at school, he won't hardly talk about it, if asked why he does, and asked to talk about it, he doesn't want to. Just IDK, which I know for a fact he can tell what he's thinking, what's going on in that little head of his. BUT...
EDITING TO ADD: Josiah is 5 yrs old and in Kindergarten, it's amazing how much homework these kids get each week! His teacher Mr. Douty says that it's not that Josiah is defiant or talking back. But he's very distracted & slow in his work. The slowness is fine, as long as he gets his work done. But in group settings he's very distracted, starts talking and playing and like I said before, he'll get told to stop, but as soon as he is told he's back to doing what he was told not to do. If he's put in a corner alone, he does his work & does it very well, even though slow. But as soon as he hears someone talking in another area of the room that has nothing to do with him, it's like he has antenna's for ears and has to turn his head to listen and see who's talking. Thankfully he's only got 2 weeks left of school, but I hope this doesn't keep on.
PLEASE keep Josiah & I in your thoughts & prayers! Pray that he will able to focus in his schooling for the rest of the school year and not get his name put on the "fence".