The kids received their first report cards a couple of weeks ago, reflecting the first three months' performance at school. Highlights:
Pooja received straight A's!
Venkatesh received all A's except for two B+!
Prema, who fought chronic ear infections for years that affected her learning, received straight B+'s!
Manikanta and Kaleem received a couple of A's, mostly B's, and one C+ (in English) -- so they're getting extra English tutoring on Sundays.
Considering this is Manikanta's (age 9) first time ever in a classroom, and that just a few months ago he wandered the streets and sniffed shoe polish with his friends, we're quite pleased to see him make such efforts in school.
The rest of the kids did equally well, with the majority of the grades being A's and B's, and just a few C's.
Our three older kids, who all were put back to 5th grade, struggle a bit more with their schoolwork, as it is the first time in their lives that they have had to really study... but their teachers say they work very hard and are interested in their schoolwork.
Considering that for some this is their first year in a structured school environment, and that the others are still overcoming their years of developing bad study habits while living on the streets, the kids are showing great effort in their schoolwork. KM, with its excellent staff and after-school teachers, and healthy and structured living environment, seems to be having a positive effect on the kids. A good start.