Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Update on the Girls

Last night, it was parent/teacher conferences for the girls. I'm happy to report they are both doing well, and know that I truly am thankful for the outstanding outcomes we have thus far received in our former preemies. Beware of bragging. ;)

Grace's teacher, Herr H, reports that she has begun reading in German. We were so happy to hear that she can read a paragraph and then answer questions regarding the information she just read. In addition, we discovered that Grace has begun teaching herself to read in English. The amazing part of that is that we have been told for the last 2 1/2 years not to teach her how to read in English since it might impede her progress in the German immersion schooling she is receiving. It has been hard not to answer her questions about English words. So, our Gracie is reading in both German and English. I feel like a whole new world has opened up for her. She even reads a little bit to Meghan now.

She can also construct simple sentences in German. Call me impressed by that. (I remember what I did in first grade, and it was no where close to that.) In addition, Grace has dramatically improved her handwriting since the beginning of the school year. She has had a lot of fine motor control issues since birth, but now it seems she is rounding the corner with lots of practice. ;) Finally, the biggest news is that Gracie is performing at an advanced level in math. (This one still shocks me as math and I are not friends. haha) Her favorite homework is math.

Meghan's teacher, Frau S, reports that she is developing her social skills appropriately in K4. She participates in activities, and especially loves to sing her German songs. Yay Meggie! The overall objective of K4 in the German immersion program is to learn as much vocabulary as possible. Meghan is doing very well with identifying objects, and using simple German words now. That is pretty cool considering she has only been learning German since last September. She only needs to know her numbers from 1-10 but knows them up to 20.

We are working with her to learn how to correctly write her first name, in upper and lower case letters. She'll need to do that by the end of the year, and her fine motor control still needs some work. Frau S also reports that Meghan's artwork is progressing appropriately. She draws arms, legs, fingers, and toes on the people she draws, but the funny Meghanism is that she never draws the objects of her art on the ground in her picture. They consistently float. This made me giggle as Meghan sort of floats her way through life. She definitely marches to her own tune, and we are all along for the wild ride. Go Meghan! haha


Susanna said...

Yay, Gracie and Meghan! I've probably missed something HUGE about your life-- like that maybe you're moving to Germany?? and that is why the girls get to go to a cool German Immersion school? Luckies!

Lori said...

Glad that the girls are doing so good!!!

Lowcountry Mom said...

Awesome! WTG girls!!! :) Ethan doesn't draw that much detail on his pictures yet, but then again girls mature faster, don't they? He usually draws a head, with eyes/nose/mouth, and 2 arms and 2 legs attached directly to the head. Sometimes the head has hair too, sometimes not! LOL!

Sounds like your little ladies are doing wonderfully!!!! :)

kate hopper said...

It's so wonderful to hear how well your girls are doing! Their successes are a testament to your wonderful mothering!