Originally Posted by acidboy
yeah... hope he gets over the trauma soon.
on another note, I bought my firstborn a new bike since she outgrew her old one. its actually beyond what I expected to pay for a kid's bike but she really liked it (a diamondback bmx) and I told her thats her advanced gift for her upcoming award (school's done here and I expected her to get top honor) and she asked how did I know she's getting honors. I just told her that I just know... maybe I should told her that I was really proud of her hard work and her diligence the whole year, and she really really tried, without any complaint at all, her best.
Sometimes it is worth it just to see the smile on your kid's face.....even if she doesn't get honors.
Originally Posted by mktitsworth
I have no idea how I'm going to do the whole grade thing with my son. I've always found them ridiculous and still do. Luckily, now that I'm in grad school, most of the people who've gotten by getting good grades but knowing nothing have already washed out, so that makes things more tolerable. Still, when the time comes, I know that he and I are going to have this conversation and I don't know that I can in good conscience tell him of their importance. He's in a montessori pre-school program atm, so I've got about a year and a half before I have to decide if I want to put him into the rat race that is a traditional school, or find somewhere that better conforms to what I've learned and my ideas about education.
I hear you. I actually don't care about the grades per se. I just want to instill him with a sense of ambition.
I am trying a bit of an experiment based on the feedback in this thread. I told him yesterday that since he increased his grades by improving in two areas that he can get two presents. He was thrilled with this idea and completely understood that the treat was being given because of the improvement. He chose a book and a plastic model that we can work on together.