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Another Red-Letter Day. And Green.

August 29th, 2008 (05:38 pm)

current mood: annoyed

My six-year-old was having a good week. That was a relief after last week, during which he misbehaved at school every day and even got sent to the principal's office once for cussing in Spanish. And I thought having Spanish-speaking friends in his class would be a good thing!

His class has a color-code system for behavior tracking. Every child starts the day on green. Misbehaving and not stopping when told to means moving to yellow. Repeated bad choices lead to orange, and finally, to red. Yellow and orange can lead to a talk with the teacher and a loss of privileges. Getting on red often means a call home or a trip to the principal's office. I was out of town for part of last week and only heard about it second-hand. But last week he was on red four days and on orange the other day.

This week was so much better. He had one yellow day, but he stayed on green for the rest of the week. Including today. Then he came home. He was playing in the living room with a friend this afternoon. I went into my office for a few minutes, and he came in to tell me that he had thrown one of the shiny metal balls (like a heavy silver marble) from his Magnetix kit, and that it had hit something. I asked him if it had broken anything, and he said no. I breathed a relieved sigh and reminded him that we're not allowed to throw things in the house. A few minutes later I went into the living room and saw a large bullseye crack filling the window, with splinters of glass glittering on the rug.

I am so annoyed. And we're paying for the new glass out of his piggy bank.


Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: August 30th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)

You definitely have your hands full.

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