I realized this afternoon that I never wrote anything about the assessment Ellie had with her teacher during the first week of school. I realize it is a week late, but the conversation is worth jotting down for posterity.
The interview began with Mrs. Wallace asking Ellie if she knew anyone in the class. Ellie started naming a few kids in the neighborhood and Mrs. Wallace said, "I'm glad you know some people..." when Ellie interrupted, and said, "I'm not finished. I also know..." and proceeded to name about half of the class (most of whom she had only met on the first day of school).
They then sat down to discuss the letters, numbers etc. that Ellie knew. Starting with the letters, Mrs. Wallace asked if she could identify one of them. Ellie looked at the page and said, "Yes, but first I want to tell you about these letters. This is a W. It says 'wuh,' like window, or wet. This is an H. It says 'huh' like hat, or happy. OK, now I will tell you this letter. It is a P. It says 'puh' like pan, or popcorn.
Then it was time for rhyming. Mrs. Wallace asked, "Do you know what a rhyme is?" to which Ellie responded, "Yes, like rhyme, time, dime climb, mime."
During each of the questions, labeled with pictures, Ellie would find the answer before Mrs. Wallace asked the question.
The next section was on identifying numbers, and the last number happened to be 8. Mrs. Wallace said, "Great!" and of course Ellie had to remind her "Eight, great! Another rhyme!"
Yes, she is really going to struggle academically this year!
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