Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sign on the dotted line....

I was going through Josie's homework tonight and found her September reading calendar. She is supposed to read with an adult for 20 minutes a day at least 20 days out of the month. She read at least that much. She reads in the car on the way to school, and I read with her frequently at night. Each time she reads Michelle or I sign off on the calendar. So many days she has a signature for the morning and the evening. But a lot of the time there is only one on any given day, and occasionally there is a blank day. Well when I looked at the September reading calendar that she had turned in and the teacher had returned to her, something wasnt quite right. Every single day had two "signatures" on it. Josie had written Michelle's name in every empty square. An important thing to note here is that her handwriting, even at 7.5, is immaculate. The teacher truly believed that the signatures were written by an adult. She got credit for 14 days of writing that she didnt do. I pointed it out to Michelle. We both just looked at it. She called Josie in and asked why she had done that. Josie said "I did the reading at school, when you werent there." Michelle explained that, first of all, it doesnt matter WHAT the reason, you never sign someone else's name. And then I had her read the instructions at the top of the page, stopping for emphasis at the part that says "read at home with an adult." So once that was cleared up Michelle told Josie to go get a stack of books from her room, because she was going to make up for all of the time that she signed off on herself. So Josie spent a couple hours yesterday afternoon reading and logging the books and writing a couple sentence long synopsis of each book. Then last night before bed she read a chapter out of a Junie B Jones book with me so that I can sign off on her October calendar. Its gonna be double reading time for a couple days! But I doubt she will try that stunt again!

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