Friday afternoon we had our first ever parent conferences. Our daycare does it twice a year and in April when they did it, the kids had been there a week, so we didn't see the point. I didn't really know what to expect. We had Korri's first. I was a little frustrated because Korri transitioned into the "big" toddler room about a month ago but her "little" toddler room teacher did the eval, which means it was from at least a month ago, or more. The only thing she was somewhat concerned about was Korri's words, which just floored me! She said she can only understand about 20 words that Korri says and while that isn't necessarily behind schedule, a child should be saying 50 by the time they are two, which is in 2.5 months for Korri. Maybe we just understand her better, but we both feel she says WAY more than that and more importantly, I think, is that she already speaks in sentences AND uses prounouns correctly (something Finn took forever to figure out, not to compare or anything). So, our thought is that maybe two months ago when they evaluated her, she wasn't talking and has just gone bonkers since then. We are NOT concerned (or trying not to be!). However, they do have OT and PT on staff, so if we are concerned, they can have her evaluated at some point by the OT. Her teacher did say she misses Korri in her class, which makes me feel good (and I REALLY liked this teacher, so we miss her, too!).
Finn's conference was very helpful and informational, although his eval, too, was done over a month ago because his teacher is out on maternity leave (but the conference was with his "substitute" teacher). Maybe it is standard to do it so far in advance? Apparently he does lots of things there that he doesn't do for us, like volunteering answers, writing/drawing shapes and his name (although he will do that occasionally for us), saying how old he is (he ALWAYS says he is 2 when we ask), etc. They just love him and said he is helpful and a joy to have in the class. Their only frustration with him is his singular focus on things, like "look, there is a leaf. Do you see the leaf? Teacher, come look at the leaf." Or his incessant need to know why, how or what about things! But, we also have those frustrations and they are VERY normal at this age (and I think they are a sign of intelligence!). She asked what we thought they should focus on as far as helping him with development and I mentioned expressing his emotions, how to deal with frustration and obviously just school-readiness things.
We didn't request a copy of the evals, so I'm sure I'm forgetting some things. Jim can add if I missed something important!
Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.