Last Friday the geekdaughter came home with a large brown A4 envelope in her school bag. Her first school report. All 5 pages of it. It’s mostly a list of milestones she apparently should have achieved or should be working towards – I have no idea if this is a standard format or just the way that her school does things. I’ll tell you, if I was a proud Mummy last weekend, I’m an even prouder Mummy now!
According to her report the geekdaughter has achieved very nearly everything that was assessed. Her reading is coming along nicely, her writing is coming along nicely, her mathematical skills are coming along nicely, she even appears to be getting on well with PE and has demonstrated good skills in throwing, catching and balancing. But I must say the page that makes me proudest of all is the page entitled “Personal & Social Development”. This page has a list of personal and social skills, and for each skill the teacher rates whether the child always does it, usually does it or sometimes does it. There is only one item on this page that the geekdaughter does not always do (and we’ll come back to that later!). So my bright, beautiful, gorgeous little girl always does the following things at school:
- works and plays as part of a group
- plans and does her own activities
- takes turns
- takes care of herself and her things
- tries hard to do her best
- is well behaved
- is a good friend.
I’m very happy about that.
Across the whole report there were only two achievements that the geekdaughter could have done better on. The first was one of the “personal & social development” skills, namely “I am happy to come to school” which was assessed as “usually”. I think that’s fair given that we had a week when she first started when I had to deposit her, screaming, with the teacher and make a run for it. Thankfully we’re over that now!
The other area she could do better I had to share here because it’s so ironic. With us being such a geeky family, I didn’t expect it to be a computer skill she needed to work on. But yes…
Did you spot it? Here is it a little larger:
Yes, apparently the geekdaughter needs encouragement to control the computer with a keyboard! And to be fair, she doesn’t use a keyboard at home because she’s using touchscreens most of the time. I do wonder how much her generation will use traditional keyboards, so I can’t get upset about that one item at all.
She’s doing all right 🙂
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