Maybe I'm missing something here.
That would be my guess. I thought it was pretty damn impressive that a second grader can spell those words...the capitalization errors seemed petty on a spelling test. Zoe is in a first/second grade split class and I've seen the spelling words the teacher gives the second grade. I could have him shout the spelling from the other room right now. You never have anything nice to say to me so how about we keep clear of each others threads?
Wild Thing, believe me...I won't be home schooling Rhys.
Ms Pantz, thanks for your input. Rhys is young and wants to be where it feels good right now. He misses his old school and friends and the new school is a big adjustment. I hate the fact that once we take him out...it's over and he can't go back. If we do decide, it won't be because of a stupid spelling test. There are other issues. The skipping a grade thing really wouldn't be that big of a deal. His birthday is September 15 so he was two weeks past the cut off to start kindergarten and we didn't push it. He would literally be two weeks younger than some of the kids. His size wouldn't be a problem either. We will most likely keep him where he is. It's kind of early to pull the plug on the program, we would really take some time to consider all the options first.
I don't agree with mom that he's bored because the work isn't challenging. I think if he's bored it's because the work isn't interesting to him and he resents the rigid environment. He was in a Montessori school for three years and his first grade teacher was very permissive with him. Now he has a humorless teacher who insists on a rigid schedule and god help you if you speak out of turn or do anything else she hasn't put on the agenda for the day. He lashes out at structure and needs to learn to be more adaptive to it. It won't get better as he gets older.
Like I said earlier, I was just curious how people would score the test. How would you expect it to be scored if it were your child's test? That's all I was going for and it morphed into something completely different. I really appreciate the experiences of teachers who have commented and others like Kitties and Stinky Pantz who were in the program as kids. I do consider what you have to say. I had no intention of confronting the teacher on this issue. Now that I know what her policy is, I will drill it into Rhys' head that he needs to be aware of capitalization. If I confront the teacher, it will be for other issues that are present. I also volunteer in the classroom so she knows I'm not a parent who will go away.