So Bria came home with her very first "report card" the other day. It was her monthly, mid-term progress report. I was surprised by its arrival, but I am just as new to having a child in school as she is new to being there. I was also surprised by its contents: "Satisfactory" in everything. "Satisfactory" in reading. "Satisfactory" in math. "Satisfactory" in science. "Satisfactory" in effort. "Satisfactory" in working independently. "Satisfactory" in getting along with others. "Satisfactory" in everything else.
Most of all, though, I was surprised by my reaction. Just SATISFACTORY!!!???!! My child is excellent! And then it really bugged me that in the comments section, the only thing her teacher wrote was, "Bria is doing a great job!!" Basically, I was feeling very disappointed in my Kindergartener's report card that isn't really even a report card.
So now, a few days later, I've had time to think about it. What is wrong with satisfactory? Nothing, that's what...satisfactory is not a bad thing! She could have gotten "Needs work" or "Unsatisfactory." Then I might have had cause to worry that she'll never learn to read and freak out about her ability to get into a decent University. But "satisfactory" is just that: satisfactory. And she is, after all, just in Kindergarten. I need to let her have time to be a Kindergartener and not stress about grades...at this point I want her to actually enjoy being in school and learn to love learning. Of course I want her to strive for excellence, but I also don't want to turn into one of those Nazi parents who freaks out over a 98%. "Satisfactory" is really quite wonderful! What a smart little cookie I have!
As for the teacher's comments, again, that is not a bad thing at all that Bria is doing a great job. (At least she didn't say "Bria is doing a 'satisfactory' job!!"--then I would have been really upset). I am still ever so slightly annoyed that the teacher didn't give more specific feedback, but I'll get over that. I will go to parent teacher conference next week and I will find out what "satisfactory" really means in Kindergarten.
(And now I will spell check this blog because I am fairly positive that "satisfactory" isn't even a word...it's looking mighty strange.)