For years, Walter has watched as his brother and then sister brought home report cards.
I'd oooh and ahhhh over all the grades, which are usually great. I don't recall a time I yelled about a report card (proud mommy moment: I haven't had reason to yell). So it surprised me last week when Walter handed me his report card, ducked his head and said, "Mommy, I'm afraid I got an F in hurrying."
I wanted to snort with laughter except that he was serious. Not tremendously concerned, but just fundamentally aware that this was A Moment of Judgment and he should be analyzing his actions.
I assured him no one gets an F for hurrying. I knew exactly why he had this fear. During parent-teacher conferences earlier this year, Mrs. N told us Walter has a tendency to hurry through his work. It didn't cause him to do poor work academically, but it wasn't neat and his coloring was often "scribble-scrabble." You know, like when you take one green crayon and color the whole page?
Or take a black crayon and scribble over the pictures of the words that start with the letter "I" like ice cream and ice cubes and iron. (He didn't know what an iron was by the drawing, so how could he know if it started with I? Just noting that. Do you iron?)
Anyway, his report card is a succession of S, S+ and O marks for satisfactory, satisfactory plus and outstanding. Not surprisingly he was outstanding in math and social interaction. What was surprising is that he got S+ in reading skills, which is odd because he claims he can't read. His teacher said au contraire when I asked about it and says he reads very well in circle time. Well, I'll be.
I hugged Walter and told him how proud I am about his very first report card ever, and said we'll save it in his scrapbook. (Where is it right now? Who knows. I'm sure I have it somewhere in the scribble scrabble of my life.)
And yeah, there was a little note about the fact that he sometimes hurries through his work. I wrote back that I thought maybe a) they should give him something that makes him stop and think, and b) stop giving kids a reward for finishing their work first -- like extra recess. Give him another novella to consume or something.
And now for something completely different, I am trying to embed a brief little video of this boy here. Here's to trying new things.