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I'm new to this board, but not so new to JM. Normally hang out in the working Moms forum.
Anyway, my name is Nicole, mother to 1, Anna who is 8 and in 3rd grade. I work full time outside of the home and DD goes to a private school with after school care. She loves being able to play for 2 hours after school because when we get home it's all about homework and evening routine. She LOVES to play with friends and hates that weekdays (except Fridays) are designated no play days.
I was just reading Cindy's intro and can relate to class issues as well. Anna had a tough time in 2nd grade last year. Homework was a battle and tough on all of us. But we made it. I didn't relate to the teacher on every level, but towards the end of the year, things worked themselves out. One was her decision to move on to division when some of the kids (mine especially) hadn't gotten her times tables down yet. In a conference she finally made the comment that she figured it out and went back to the multiplication.
I look forward to sharing information on handling shcool issues and of course the behavior that seems to be specific to this age!
Nicole ~ Mom to one crazy little girl ANNA!