Thursday, September 1, 2011

Connor and School

     Connor always manages to surprise me.  A little background.  Connor pretty much flunked the 4th grade.  It's not that he isn't/wasn't bright - he's amazingly bright.  Connor just didn't like busy work.  Let's face it, anything he had to write down didn't get done.  He used to stuff his papers in his desk at school.  We'd get the papers at the end of the quarter with the assignment to finish them.  I knew that wasn't going to happen and quite frankly, I didn't think it was a good idea in the first place.  So, I let the teacher know that Connor would be moving forward because going back wasn't going to do anyone any good.  In 5th grade we homeschooled.  That was an amazing experience.  We used an online program and he was told each day that he had certain assignments to do but could do them as quickly or slowly as he chose.  It usually took him a couple of hours and then he could do what he wanted to do.  It was a great year and he learned A LOT!  Last year he attended a Montessori charter school.  It was a fabulous experience.  His teacher loved him and it made all of the difference.  The school believes in teaching children to work independently, respect others, etc.  6th graders were given many leadership opportunities.  They worked as a team to raise funds to go to Catalina Island for a field trip.  He came away from the school with a sense of accomplishment and self confidence.
     This year he is attending our local jr. high school.  He started off the year with a desire to get a 4.0.  Will he get it?  I'm not sure, but he's giving it his all and we will do all we can to support that goal.  He was very excited for the first school stomp.  Connor was also a little upset because he didn't know how to dance.  Kellie showed him how to slow dance because apparently no one fast dances anymore.  Interesting.  He came home from the stomp and said that he had danced EVERY slow dance.  WHAT?  He even asked some of the girls.  It was pretty amazing.  Keep it up Connor!


MEK said...

Oh my gosh he is in JR high WOW that is just crazy!! They are just growing up!! I am so glad you have been updating your blog. I love to know what is going on with you and your family.

Jen said...

I know, can you believe it! Crazy!