Wes still loves school and gets up bright and early rip raring and ready to go. He is just a sweet boy with so much to offer to those around him. He loves reading his little books and sight words to his siblings and just beams when he writes his letters well. He is always ready to start his school day and has made lots of friends on his bus. I think the bus ride is a favorite part of his day. He doesn't even complain about doing his homework!
He also has more energy than the energizer bunny and that is getting him into a little bit of trouble in school. His class room has a green, yellow, red card system that they use to deter inappropriate class room behavior and Wes has been bringing home more yellow cards than we would like him to.
His teacher and I had an email chat about how to handle Wes and ways to help him control himself in the classroom. My heart breaks a little because I know from experience how hard it is to just sit still and concentrate on only one thing. I have a hard time with this as an adult. I want Wes to learn and do well within his class but I don't want him to loose that spark that is so uniquely Wesley.
He is also disturbing others when he whistles and sings during quiet work time. He has always done things like that and I just thought of it as a way to release energy when he is forced to contain his movements for long periods of time. I explained to him that it is hard for the other children in his class to focus if there is a little whistling boy next to them. He thought that was funny but I think it made sense to him. I also told him that when he is home and not doing his homework he is free to sing and whistle all he wants but when he is doing school work he has to keep his body and noises to himself.
Kindergarten is a little tougher than I thought it would be. I don't remember doing as much work as Wes does when I was in Kindergarten. I'm sure there was work but I just remember fun stuff and playing with my friends. Wes really does love it even if he is getting himself into a bit of trouble. The only bad things he has said is that the art teacher yelled and scared him and that a little boy in with a dragon on his shirt hit him once.
The final thing Wes is struggling with is his emotions. Again this is a typical Wesley thing. He is emotional and feels sorrow and happiness very strongly. Disappointment and frustrations can send him to tears and occasionally a tantrum. I was most worried about this behavior as I know there is less I can do to help him with this. His teacher and I talked about ways to work on this and I am going to work harder on this at home. It's so hard for me since I have never had a child in school before so I don't think I prepared Wes the way I should have. I want him to do great and I can see that emotional outbursts are not helping him in school or at home.
Please keep Wes in your prayers, there have been so many changes for him. If anyone has constructive words of wisdom I will gladly accept them as well. We are both learning.