2006-09-14

Happy Update

I have been meaning to post for a couple of days since my woes earlier in the week so say things are much better. On Tuesday we had an informational meeting in Nic's classroom, and on Wednesday we had an appointment with his teacher. We all agreed that although Nic is behind, he is eager to learn and should be able to catch up with some extra effort. It helped for his teacher to know his "school history" which eased some of her concerns. Already Nic has been working his little heart out, and is consistently recognizing 12 word that he did not know at the beginning of the week. We have been practicing copying things down from the board etc. He seems to be happy and settled, although has noted several times that "When I'm a Dad I won't have to go to big school." There seems to be a family theme....when my brother Scott had to get up early for his first day of kindergarten, he rolled over and groaned "I wish I was married or in Heaven!" Anyway, I'm feeling much more positive about it.

Yesterday we had the informational meeting for Meg, and saw her classroom and met her teacher. Her teacher is (I believe) Scottish and has a wicked cool accent. Wonder how long it will be before Meg is talking like her! Meg also seems to be very happy and settled in her class, and the parents were welcoming yesterday.

In other news, we attended a birthday party for a little girl in our building (actually on our floor) whose mother is Spanish and father French, and met a few other neighbors. Meg is invited to a birthday party from her class on Sunday, so our social calendar is filling up!

The Cady Hotel has already re-opened despite the fact that not everything is put away yet. Meg very graciously gave up her room to our friends Warren & Karen who recently moved back to Spain after two years in Costa Rica. They are busy looking for a flat and jobs.

Anyway, thanks for your prayers and encouragement!

2006-09-11

And so it begins....

At this moment I feel a deep parental weariness. They started school last week, but Thursday & Friday were not really heavy work days. Today they both came home with homework, so we sat down to do it right away.

Nic's teacher wrote me a note about Nic's struggle to read (he's just learning) and asked to see me as soon as possible.

Meaghan did not understand her Spanish teacher's instructions for homework and did not ask for clarification. She also was not sure about what her reading homework was. She said that she asked her teacher but that her teacher was busy and she did not want to keep asking. So that was two subjects we could do complete her homework in.

Both of these things make me want to sit down in a heap and cry. I am weary of reminding Meg that she needs to ask for help when she needs it. I was really hoping that a re-set provided by a new school would go a long way towards fixing this issue. But I guess old habits really do die hard.

And Nic, well, I knew that he was going to be behind. I am hoping his teacher will be understanding. I worked with Nic for more than an hour. He's only 6.

I guess I also feel guilty, because the British school system is much more demanding than the American. I wonder if my kids would struggle so much if we lived in America and they were in the American school system. We don't have many options for school here. I know that neither of them could hack the Spanish school system, and I am not cut out for home-schooling (which I don't even think is permitted in Spain.)

I love living in Madrid, and doing what we do. It's a privilege to pastor Oasis Madrid with Troy. But sometimes, on days like this, it feels like such an uphill climb.

Will you pray with me that
Meg will learn new and better work habits
Nic will come along quickly
I will have wisdom in dealing with their teachers
I will be conscious of God's grace in my life