Great news! Happy News, Sad news...

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Great news! Happy News, Sad news...
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Thu, 09-02-2010 - 10:24pm

Let's start with the Great news! My DD completed the summer reading challenge I put forth this summer. She sat down and read aloud to an adult 200 books this summer! I'm SO proud of her! Considering that last summer I couldn't get her to sit still to even do 50 I am amazed! I'm so proud of her! She earned her grand prize...an afternoon of Horseback riding!

Now the Happy news! We met DD's new 2nd grade teacher tonight. She seems really nice and was very open to the information I brought with me tonight. I came armed with a packet of info detailing DD's struggles as well as some strategies that work along with some general SPD background. I was a little bummed that she wasn't familiar with DD's 504 plan yet, and She mentioned that she wasn't super familiar with the diagnosis and was glad that I had the info for her so that we can all get off on the right foot this year.
(The beginning of last year was a NIGHTMARE...so I'm trying to head all of that off at the pass if I can!) It was great to see all of her little friends and most of my troop (I'm a Girl Scout Leader as well). It was a long summer and I think everyone is ready to get back to school.

And finally, the Sad news. DD has only 4 OT sessions left before she "graduates" from weekly sessions. I'm a little nervous about that if I'm being honest. Her OT is actually leaving the clinic at the end of the month and was sticking around one day a week just to get a few kids through the first month of school. She said that DD has been making such great progress that she felt it was time that she graduated. The original plan was that once OT was done, she would then start PT because she has some strength/flexibility/coordination issues that she also needs help with. I learned yesterday that the PT she has seen a few times is ALSO leaving the clinic. Which makes me wonder...are rats jumping ship? So now I'm pondering finding another clinic that we can go to for PT. There is one not too far from our home but I have to find out if our insurance will cover it. So I'm faced with transferring records and meeting new therapists and dealing with insurance companies and BLECH...it bums me out. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the OT and PT that she has been working with! They are great ladies. Sadly, the clinic her OT is going to is even further away from where we are seeing her now. and I'm not sure where the PT is going. Sigh...Change is good right ladies?

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Thu, 09-09-2010 - 5:15pm
That is fantastic, very impressive number of books she read!!! I'm glad she's got a better teacher this year, I hope it works out really well.

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 12:00pm

So is 2nd grade still going well? How is she liking it? I know it's still early & hard to tell, but maybe a little indication if this teacher is what she appeared to be.

Our back to school night to today! I've yet to talk to the teachers. They didn't give us a 'meet & great' this year. We had a 'move up day' where the kids got to spend 2 hours with their following year's teacher so the school figured it was good enough. I was a meeting about walking safely to school last night. Only 6 parents there & they all told the principal we needed something for the parents to meet the teacher as well.

Anyway ... just wanted to check in & see how it was going. I know this was a huge stress for you.






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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 3:41pm

You are so sweet to think of us. Actually, this year is going REALLY well so far! I haven't heard ANYTHING from her teacher. And considering I filled her in at back to school night I'm assuming that no news is good news. SUCH a difference from last year when by this time she had already visited the quiet room twice, the Principal's office once, brought home a "Fix It Plan" and had several calls from the teacher. (Yeah, last year sucked!)

We have an information meeting tonight about the curriculum so I may find out more from her tonight...but I sent her a "checking in" email this morning right before school asking how things were going. Haven't heard back yet, but then again, she's busy teaching my kiddo so I'm not surprised.

Natalie comes home in great moods and just LOVES second grade! And, since she always seemed to "rat herself out" last year when she got "take a breaks" etc...I assume she'd tell me if something didn't go well. She even said she doesn't need her wiggle seat anymore because she doesn't fall off her chair at all. :) So I think all in all it's going well...I hope it continues. :)

Homework was a struggle last night though. She has spelling words that she has to write out and handwriting is still her biggest challenge. She'll write one letter then get distracted etc. It's SOOOOOO frustrating. I have to sit next to her and prompt her on every letter. Rather painful but we'll get there. Her letters are at least legible now. :)

I hope the communication within your school improves. It's frustrating when you don't know what's going on. Our school is transitioning to a magnet school with an Arts focus so we get to learn all about that tonight. Should be interesting.

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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 3:26am

My son was the same way for spelling. It would turn into the biggest fight ever! I knew it all came down to handwriting.

So this is what I did with him & it worked very well.

The first day the list came home I would have him verbally spell the words. I'd mark any he got wrong & those were the only ones he had to write out with paper ... but ... he had to write each word 3 times. (In marketing classes it was stressed 3 is the magic number to get people to remember.)

Then day 2 I'd quiz all the words orally again. All the ones he got right 2 days in a row I would not ask those until the night before the spelling test.

She's a reader, I bet a lot of these words will come really easy.

>> Compromise!! I think kids feel we're listening/understanding if we are willing to compromise.






"Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick."


~ Lao-Tzu, from The Tao Te Cheng



"Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick."

~ Lao-Tzu, from The Tao Te Cheng