Yup, my first grader got a big fat red F in spelling. Who knew!!!???!!
I’m really thinking that I might hold him back and have him repeat first grade next year. His kindergarten teacher and now his first grade teacher have dubbed him “immature.” He is an early kid (turned 5 the May before he started kindergarten).
At his school, they have a color chart, and based on warnings, the kid has to change his color (say from blue to green) if he or she misbehaves. A note is sent home for two or more color changes in a day. In B’s class, if he has more than 3 color changes in a week, he misses out on free recess Friday, which he has missed at least once that I’m aware of. In kindergarten the color changes are monitored and a satisfactory, good, needs improvement grade is given. In first grade, a point is taken off his score each time the color is changed (starting at 100). As of last Friday, he was at 81!!!! Yes, 81!!! There are still 11 weeks of school left! In five weeks (the first two weeks didn’t count), he had his color changed 19 times, minus who knows how many warnings he was given! At that rate, he’ll have a 39/100!
I’ve warned him that depending on his grades in spelling and his behavior/color change grade he may or may not be able to continue to flag football. I’ve banned all video games, and when he comes home he must write each of his 20 spelling words FIVE times each (correctly). We’ll see how this works.
It’s frustrating as a parent to see your child fail at something. It’s like if he fails, you fail. Wish us luck!