Do you like what I did up there? Twindergarten? When I thought of that this afternoon, I dislocated my shoulder patting myself on the back.
Okay. I must preface this post by saying I love the boys’ kindergarten teacher. Love her! She’s the perfect teacher for them, and I hope my youngest will also have her in two years.
That being said, I have some serious concerns over whether their teacher might have gotten their testing mixed up.
When I got the boys’ report cards, I was surprised by two things:
- They were drastically different, and
- P had a ton of “I” for “insufficient progress” marks, while G had none. This was surprising because P reads and prints and spells a lot better for me at home than G does.
At my conference with their teacher, I broached the awkward topic of whether there was a chance she’d gotten the boys confused. Their teacher said she’d re-assess them to be certain, but that the boys’ test scores back up P being in the “intervention” reading group, and G being in a regular reading group.
Since then, I’ve compared everything they’ve brought home. And I’m pretty sure P is not the one who should be in the “intervention” group. I got a few more papers home today and was struck by the difference between the boys’ work…
I know both of them will be fine and they’re both smart kids, but I’m worried about G getting lost if he’s the one who needs extra help. P hates school, and I wonder if it could have anything to do with this — if he isn’t being challenged, or something.
This is one of the most awkward situations I’ve faced as a parent of twins, second only to the awkwardness of trying to breastfeed the twins discreetly in an unlocked room at my in-laws’ house.
Has anyone else dealt with anything like this? I’ve brought up my concerns (multiple times), and I feel like I have to trust that she has reassessed them… but I haven’t heard anything back from her and therefore I have to assume nothing has changed with their reading groups, etc.
Aside: While the boys look alike and are probably identical, they’ve had different haircuts since the beginning of the school year and are never dressed alike. So suggesting someone has mixed them up long-term is potentially insulting… and like I said, I love their teacher!
Jen is a work-from-home mom of 6-year-old twin boys, and two girls ages 4 and 8. She also blogs at Minivan MacGyver, where she chronicles the many disasters narrowly averted using only her pluck and the assortment of household objects found in her 2001 Pontiac Montana.