Yesterday Logan and I made our way to his primary school in order for him to be evaluated for Grade 1. On arrival at the primary school, he was shipped away to the Grade R class and I was asked to stay in the reception area.
While waiting for them, my thoughts kept going back to the conversation I had with the school’s admissions administrator on Monday. When she arranged the assessment, she added that their Grade R classes were full for 2012 and that Logan would need to go to the school across the road. I was upset and mentioned that she was the person who told me to enroll him in Grade 1 and if he wasn’t ready that he would automatically be allocated a space in their Grade R class. She was very apologetic about it and promised to make a plan if we needed the space. Even after her reassurance, a little part of me was concerned that the evaluation would be compromised because of it.
Half an hour later, the Grade R teacher came to fetch me and I was lead to the Grade R class were the assessment was taking place. What I am very pleased with was the question that followed: “What does your gut tell you?” I was completely honest in my reply and told them that I felt another year in Grade R would benefit Logan.
The teachers continued by discussing Logan’s answers with what they teach their Grade R’s. They felt that Logan has a lot of potencial, however would like for him to have a stronger foundation. Some of the examples they gave me where as follow:
- They introduce concepts such as horizontal, diagonal and vertical in their teaching vocabulary.
- Left and right is used when teaching them to write – when writing the letter “a” you start on the right hand side top corner.
- The difference between top and above.
- Instead of only teaching them the different shapes, they teach them the attributes of the different shapes. E.g. when a diamond is divided in 2, it gives you 2 triangles.