The conference with Z-boy's teacher last Friday was interesting.
He is very, very smart. In fact, at just starting 2nd grade, he's scoring at 3rd grade +8 months levels. There's one test where the children have to read aloud and the goal for th end of 2nd grade is 100 words in a minute. Z-boy read 108 on his first go. His teacher is very impressed with his ability.
What doesn't impress her is his distractability. His desk is a mess; he can't sit still; he talks to the other kids and keeps them from doing their work; he draws all over his own work when he finishes it. He's sitting at the front of the class alone (which doesn't seem to bother him), and he's had his scissors taken away because he was making confetti on a daily basis out of handed back papers. He also wasn't bringing his homework home (because he forgets, he says).
ADD? Don't think so. We went through this in kindergarden and I'm recognizing the signs. Z-boy is suffering from "Irish Setter Syndrome."
Irish setters are very, very smart dogs. But they have a reputation for being the canine equivalent of dumb-blondes. Very distracted, can't seem to focus on anything and jittery. But they aren't like that if they get enough exercise. Run them hard and they are quiet, smart, obedient animals.
Now that PE has been reduced to half an hour once a week, the kids get virtually no exercise other than a 15 minute run-around after lunch. This school does have an organized exercise program called Champions for 45 minutes before and/or after school, but Z-boy's not eligible until next year (it's 3rd grade and up). No wonder the kids have the fidgets and can't concentrate. 7-year old energy is tough to keep down (heck, I wish I could bottle the stuff!).
So my solution is this. The school is one mile away from home. Every morning, we will get up and walk to school. We will do this early enough that Z-boy will also have about 20 minutes of playground time before school starts too. After about a week of this regemine, his teacher should start to see a real difference. When he was in kindergarden, I made him run laps around the front yard. The difference was amazing.
Not much to report. Didn't gain anything, didn't lose anything. Haven't been feeling so good - in fact, roiling belly kept me home today. I am finally holding down tea and toast and am hopeful that dinner will stay down too. We obviously didn't start the walking to school today because I was feeling so bad. But once we get that started... I'm expecting some benefits too! It's mostly down hill on the way to school, but the return trip is all uphill - a big hill. You're going to be able to bounce quarters off my butt!
Yes. I had birthday cake. Yes. I had BBQ (but it wasn't as good as last week's!). In some ways, I was a naughty girl and in others I was exemplary. This week, I intend to be exemplary 99% of the time... right after I get well.