Friday, January 11, 2013

The trouble with Yellow

Zack's school works on a color chart.  Everyone starts on green and then the kids can either move down to yellow, orange and then red or move up to blue, pink and then I think purple.

Sometime during the down time of this blog Zack started school.  And it went badly.  REALLY badly.  So much so that I spent a large portion of time during my maternity leave asking his teacher if she would just like me to come sit in the classroom to help with him.

I didn't need to, but at least I offered.

During the period in which we were trying to get Zack some assistance we were LUCKY if he came home on yellow.  Most days it was red, sometimes Orange.  At one point during the transition I remember Jim offering to take him out to dinner if he wasn't below yellow.  Green was unattainable.

Yesterday his teacher emailed me to tell me he was having a rough week.  He had been on yellow 3 out of 4 days.  At first I was upset.  He has been doing so good.  On green for all of November and December.  What was going on?

And then it hit me.  Look at how far we have come.  From Green is never attainable to green is expected.

Then I cut my kid a little slack.  In December we went to Disney.  He was gone from the 7th - 14th.  He went back to school for three days, had two snow days and two weeks off.  He basically hasn't been in school since December 6th.

We've come a long way since September and if it takes him a few days to get back to golden I'm ok with that.  If next week is still rough, we will re-assess.


Kelly said...

The color system makes me crazy at times. There is nothing higher than green at Mea's school, so any other color is "bad."

There has been so much trouble in Mea's class that they actually had a pizza party when one child had a good week.

At the beginning of the year, Mea also had a bit of trouble. I think it had more to do with one of the girls who shared her table, than her actual behavior.

Once they were separated we have had hardly any yellow days.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Heather! Waves.

I don't follow you on any other format, and was just wondering how the family was doing,,,,,I bet your sweet girl has changed a lot! Hope you're all doing great.