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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.

Friday, October 10

What's a square?

We had our first parent/teacher conference on Thursday night. And overall, it went really well. I didn't have many expectations since this was a first for us but knew Finn was doing well. Finn was not there (thanks Memere for coming to watch the kiddos!). I liked that so we could talk freely and not worry about what Finn hears. For the winter/spring conference, Finn will be there and he will be telling us his strengths and weakness. Interesting.

She started out by telling us how much she enjoys and gets a kick of our Finn. Awww...that made me happy. She also said that several other teachers stop her and say that they notice Finn (in a good way!) and that he cracks them up! Good, as long as it isn't disrupting. Apparently, Finn wearing tights under his shorts is a huge hit!

The short of it is that Finn earned a positive mark for all of her 8-10 expectations/goals (they either receive a positive mark or "needs to improve"). He is doing amazing with literacy (in the top third of all kindergartners at HLWW). He, however, is borderline needing extra help with math because...he didn't identify a square or triangle! This is what frustrates us about Finn is he thinks it is, I don't know...funny, to not answer correctly. He didn't identify any 3D images (like cone, sphere, etc.) but he isn't expected to at this point...but he's known what a square is since he was two! Argh. So we are going to work with him at home so he answers correctly next time he is tested.

Otherwise, no surprises other than that fact that I don't know how she gets everything done! Based on what she told us, it seems they are there 24 hours a day. They are learning far more than I remember learning in kindergarten but still have time for fun time. She said this is an interesting group for her because they all want to learn all the time (more so than any other class she's taught...which is a good thing, I think!). We get report cards at the beginning of November, so we'll see how he is doing then.

Oh and she was surprised to hear our concerns about Finn's behavior at home because she hasn't seen ANY of it at school. I guess we are his soft place to land...lucky us?!?! Seriously, I was glad to hear that, though.

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