I went to my daughter’s second trimester conference last week. She continues to do well in first grade. Organization and attention are real challenges, but she’s getting the concepts. One of the only areas where she wasn’t meeting the standard was writing.
“Do I think she can write a How-to paper or a short story? Sure. She’s just never finished a piece of writing before. She gets too distracted.”
I wasn’t surprised to hear her teacher say this, but I was frustrated that it was the first time I was hearing about it.
“When she doesn’t finish her writing in class can you please send it home? I’ll make sure she gets it done and brings it back to you.”
Last weekend I found a cover made out of construction paper in her backpack. Inside were three pages stapled together. She had written one line.
“We’re supposed to write a paper about cats and dogs. Our opinion about them.”
So we sat down and she wrote her paper. Here it is, my daughter’s first complete essay, an opinion piece about two popular pets.
“I like cats and dogs”
I think cats and dogs are good. Both are furry and cute and playful.
Cats are sleepy in the sun. They can eat a lot! They love to catch mice! They are grumpy.
Dogs are fun. They like to play with balls. You can walk with a dog.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. 😉