Friday, September 18, 2009

First Test of Middle School

Ahhh...if only everything could be spelling. (you can click the picture to enlarge it if you can't see it well)
Kennedy's First Middle School Test, she got twenty out of twenty!

This kid can spell like nobody's business.

Maybe it's genetic?

(Me, with very large hair, in grade 12, as part of the St. Vincent's High School winning spelling bee team...yikes)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New School Year

Kennedy's first day of middle school, September 8, 2009Well Ms. K is settled into her new school and doing fabulous. She loves being in middle school, going to the cafeteria to buy french fries, changing rooms for classes, is excited about upcoming first dance and esp. loves her new teacher, her first "boy" teacher.

Her team at school really wants to understand what's going on with K - they had me in to do a little CHARGE 101 presentation yesterday and had lots of good questions. As I told them, I'd offered to do this multiple times in the past and they were the first school to take me up on it, so that's a great start. All signs are pointing to positive so far. Of course there have been some kinks we've had to work out, but these are minor in the grander scheme of things and if these things are the biggest issues we need to deal with this year, then it's going to be a great year.

I just feel that because I was able to go in and do a proper session on CHARGE, its complexity and how that relates to Kennedy, complete with pictures and explanations, that they will 'get it' better than others who've worked with her before for a long time. When I say 'get it', it's not just in terms of her possible limitations but with the fact of how hard she does work to be where she's at and in terms of everything going on in her little body 'behind the scenes' that you don't see/think about because she does compensate so well.

I am really happy and hopeful that the open communication, questions, problem-solving, and overall quest for understanding & working together to facilitate K's success at school, continues.