Friday, March 18, 2011

College Classes You've Never Heard Of

This week, we had teacher conferences for Little Miss. We went, as we had some questions about things on her report card and recommendations for summer school. As always, her teacher went through Little Miss's work and discussed her in general before asking if we had any other specific questions.

As we went through her artwork, I had to giggle. While I was able to sort of translate the first one (only because I knew what she was talking about because it's one of her favorite things to do when she goes to my parents' house), I was completely stuck trying to figure out what the majority of the rest of her writing was ... trying to say.

Her teacher? No such issues. She simply flipped a page in the portfolio and read it like it was typed in a large font book. She didn't pause or wrinkle her brow or anything.

Now, my handwriting isn't exactly the neatest thing out there. I can read some pretty messy handwriting, but oh wow. I was truly impressed. Little did I know that teachers had a subset of classes on deciphering childish handwriting of mispelled words. True talent.

I went sledding at my grandma's house. To go sledding right into the bushes.

I were (sic) at the airport, and our plane went to Florida without us, so we stayed overnight. (She's referring to this incident.)

I ate with my carpool buddy. (My Spanish isn't near good enough to translate that to what she wrote below it, but it says the same thing - Patty? Anyone?)


Susie March 18, 2011 at 1:03 PM  

I wonder if she can make out doctor's scribbles too?

Joanna Jenkins March 18, 2011 at 3:40 PM  

I have terrible handwriting too but your daughter's is looking pretty good!

Have a fun weekend, jj

Tara R. March 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM  

If I wait too long to type out handwritten notes, sometimes I can't decipher my own penmanship. Teachers are amazing folks.

Pat March 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM  

The phonetic spelling makes me smile, as I have seen lots of similar children's spelling. I love "BuDEE." I don't know much of any Spanish, but I know that yo is I, con is with and amigo is friend.

She certainly has written a lot more than most kindergarteners I've known are willing to write!

Brooke March 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM  

I think she wrote - I eat with my friend. But, I don't know all that much spanish either. I love trying to read my little guy's writting.... it always brings a smile to my face :D

Fragrant Liar March 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM  

Gotta love the little one's view of the world.

Anonymous March 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM  

Yes, she wrote I ate with my friend! Nice job Little Miss :)

Heather E March 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM  

She is too cute! I could read them all just fine! :)

Michelle March 21, 2011 at 9:56 PM  

Susie - She may well be able to. That would be the ultimate test, wouldn't it?

Joanna - You're so kind. It's actually improved hugely since January or so (and most of these were Jan or later), but some of the ones she read off were ... seemingly impossible.

Tara - I have the same problem. It's why I prefer to do interviews (and note taking for the PTO) on my computer so I know I have an accurate record - or at least as accurate as it gets!

Pat - It's changed a lot. The teacher was pointing out how she used to write the (required) "I see a" (in Spanish) and then add one more word, like butterfly. Now she's writing a story about going fishing and buffaloes and we aren't sure what else. Go fig!

Brooke - It is fun to try to figure it out. Coupling the 95% that comes home written in Spanish with kindergarten handwriting makes things extra challenging. But still fun.

Fragrant Liar - Always love their view of the world. It cracks me up - and sometimes it makes me look at things differently, too.

Patty - Yay, thanks. I can't wait to see what she starts writing as she gets (more) fluent. I may be calling you for homework help!

Heather - Showoff ;) I will admit these were some of the better examples, as I accidentally tossed most of the folder and only saved a couple for her memory box.

Mary~Momathon March 21, 2011 at 10:38 PM  

I read all of her notes without too much guessing! I should go get my teaching credentials. Her past tense use of the verb in Spanish is a whole lot better than mine, but I knew what it meant immediately. She's goooooood! :)

Michelle March 21, 2011 at 10:44 PM  

Mary - Go get your credentials! Then again, you've also gone through four girls' handwriting and schooling, so that's sorta cheating, right? Her teacher was talking about how she is using the past tense a lot in conversation now but not "teaching" it - but it works for immersion schools. I have faith!

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