We put away the rest of our first grade material a couple of weeks ago and officially opened our second grade curriculum. It is going well, a little slow, but only because there is just so much more writing in second grade. We are proud of the hard work Selena is putting into school though and while we are still in that refresh mode, and things seem repetitive to her she is sticking it out and getting it all done.
I was amazed in how just 2 days in the public school they had managed to tear Selena’s self esteem apart. I have a hard time believing that the teacher said anything directly to Selena, though that wouldn’t surprise me, but would rather think she said something to someone within Selena’s hearing range. Selena came home with no ambition to even try, she informed me the teacher told her she was not good enough at coloring and could not even cut with scissors. She felt very ashamed and was already giving up on even trying.
This was a perfect time for both Papa and I to step up though and prove her teacher wrong. I pulled out the old beginners cutting book from our stack of Kumon work books, and it wasn’t long with both of us working with her before she quickly moved away from the easy cutting to the more difficult cutting in the back of the book. Her self esteem started to sky rocket.
This also created a self desire to improve her coloring skills. While Selena doesn’t truly enjoy coloring, but I think this has more to do with her OCD then it does with her ability, she is proud of the fact that she can stand up and say “I am good at these things!” We do want to get her a color crayon tower, so that her crayons will be more organized then just in a pencil box, I think this will help her to feel more organized and more willing to do more coloring.
It is amazing to watch her grow, and to realize that in just a couple of months she will be 7 years old. Not only that but by then she will be ours! The adoption will be final!