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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.

Tuesday, April 30

Preschool Progress Report

Finn's conference wasn't nearly as interactive or informative as Korri's. She started the conference by saying, "I have a parent waiting already so we'll have to stop at X time." We sat down and basically silently read through the report she had filled out. I felt rushed and didn't even get to bring up all the things on my list that I wanted to talk about. Argh. One important piece of information we found out is that Finn is the youngest child in the Pre-K class. Ummm, that would have been nice to know when he was having a hard time with the transition and acting out! I mean, a child who just turned four IS going to behave differently (and should have different expectations) than a child who is five plus year old.

Anyway, Finn scored an "always" or "almost always" on a lot of categories. For Fine Motor Skills, He shows an interest in pre-writing skills and can easily do a 24 piece puzzle (he does puzzles ALL the time at daycare!!). He can lace holes but not in an in-and-out/up-and-down pattern. He can use scissors with control in a straight line and along a pattern or curved line (we did NOT know this...go Finn!).

Social/Emotional Development: Finn struggles a little bit with sharing and taking turns (again, a byproduct of being the youngest?) and prefers to play independently rather than ask to join in others. This is something I brought up so we talked about. Finn has come home from daycare and upon my asking, has said that he doesn't have any friends at daycare and two of the other boys are mean to him. Debi was surprised to hear this and made a note to work on interpersonal skills with Finn (asking to play with people who are already doing something). Debi has praised Finn for playing so well independently but that is part of the problem. She also suggested Finn get to daycare before breakfast because then Finn has a better transition and day because he is starting at the beginning (and knows where he "fits" in).

Language was very good with the exception that Debi said he sometimes struggles with multiple component oral directions. I know he CAN do this, I just don't think he WANTS to do it (at least that is how he is at home...obviously an area to work on). Finn only "sometimes" converses with others and I think that goes back up to the issue mentioned above about independent play and not joining others.

Considering his age, Finn did GREAT for Reading Readiness! She said that he can "always" compose an original story by dictation! Impressive. He can identify all upper case letters but missed a handful of lower case. This is very common because kids typically learn lower case letters after upper case.

Cognitive Development: He can ALMOST draw a human figure! She showed us the one he drew and it had every part except a defined body (his drawing had a really long head!). I didn't know he could do that at all, so I was impressed. He can count to 14 and then skips a few to twenty. Again, she said ALL kids do this because the teens "don't make sense" so we are supposed to help him with that but she isn't concerned at all. And when we help him, we are supposed to start counting with zero, not one...interesting.

Gross Motor: He almost always participates in music, song and dancing activities. He is able to build a "very detailed" structure with different types of blocks. His favorite large muscle activities are running and games of chase! Ha...that blew us away. Three months ago, Finn could BARELY run and was so awkward when he did. Debi says he has improved a lot and has a much more normal gait. Yay! She said that we could have "races" back and forth on our sidewalk as a fun game to help him continue to improve. For the record, I can still run faster than him ;)

I asked about potty training during nap and Debi said they are already doing a sticker program. If Finn is dry every day this week, he can start napping in his unders! He wants to be able to so badly but isn't always able to stay dry. Nap is better than night, so let's tackle that first :) I didn't get the chance to ask about his constant baby-talking or how he bites his coat and clothes a LOT. But I think these are fairly common issues that should resolve themselves over time (even if they drive me nuts!).

Overall, Finn is doing great. There are lots of areas for improvement, which I would expect based on his age and view as a positive. He didn't score "not yet" on anything except "can copy basic shapes with 50% accuracy." He can do a circle and triangle, but the rest will come soon, I'm sure!

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