Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Interim Report Time

This past week Annabel received her interim report card from school. I was very pleased with most of what I saw, she had great remarks regarding her behavior and all A’s in every subject except one: Social Studies.  I have to admit I was a little shocked to see that she didn’t have an A in that subject either because honestly I hadn’t seen very much Social Studies work coming home in her folder.

They never have homework in Social Studies and the few worksheets I have seen come home were simple reading comprehension, you read the front and answer 5 questions on the back.  Well in my opinion that gives the children very little leeway to miss anything, if they miss 1. they already have an 80.  I have only seen one test and that was a worksheet in the folder with the answers to the test telling us to have the kids study this as they would have a test the next day but again, there was no work leading up to this point to reinforce the concepts and while Annabel received an A on this test I feel it was simply memorization on her part and not really a full comprehension of the ideas.

I do not have a degree in Elementary Education however, I know that there should be something coming home in her folder that reinforces these grades and the concepts she is expected be tested on. I have requested a conference with her teacher and will be speaking to her after the New Year.  I am hoping she can explain more to me concerning her grades and her ultimate plan regarding the teaching of Social Studies to the kids.  We shall see…

Were you pleased with your child’s interim report? How would you address this with your child’s teacher?

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