Awww, she is too cute. It is both cool and weird to see so much of ourselves in our kids, I think. Rhett does the same thing, where he looks for facial cues to see how he is doing when he is reading, writing, etc. It is a skill we constantly work on, and he has worked on it in speech. I think it does get better as they gain skill and confidence. I have seen massive improvements. OMG, same here…there is no way I could be a teacher on a daily basis. Yeah, I do what I do with Rhett, as a Mom. But, a teacher? Not for me! I truly love and respect what teachers do, because it is so stinking hard.
Right there with you about GATE (they call it TARGET here, which drives me crazy, because I always think people are talking about the store haha!). It is cool if they do stuff like that, but in the long run, it’s not a big deal at all. I did it as a kid, and it’s not like I walk around with that badge of honor. It all changes once they get to middle & high school anyway. It’s great if they do it, no big deal if they don’t. I agree with you about the pressure. As a parent, I definitely don’t want some crazy pressure on my kiddo for stuff like that.
Rhett was tested last year in kindergarten for it, and did not make it. I think he will always be on the borderline, just not quite getting there. That’s the type of kiddo he is. They re-test in 1st grade, 3rd & 5th. So, he did not get it this year either. I have mixed feelings about it. From the parents and kids I’ve talked to about it, it sounds like some like it, some don’t. It’s very different than when I was in school, so I see both sides of the coin. I just want Rhett to do well in school no matter what classes he takes, and forge a successful path that he feels like he wants to travel down.