This year has been incredible. It has flashed by in some ways and has felt dragging in other ways. I have had a mix of emotions about schooling this year. Overall, I am pleased and feel good about the progress that all the kids have made.
I do not have time to keep up with this blog any longer, due to all the time have, and need to put into reading interventions for the boys. As well as researching backwards and forwards in hopes of finding ways to help Daniel with his challenges and frustrations, while trying to maintain a peaceful learning atmosphere for Ariel and Joshua. It has been a challenge, but it is looking brighter each day.
I am merely exhausted and at wits end on some days.
Both Daniel and Joshua have progressed in their reading. They actually do well one-on-one with me. Joshua was reading his workbook pages yesterday and answering them with little help or prompting from me, which is awesome. Today Daniel told me, “No mom, I do not want help. I want to do it.” when he was writing a sentence for an assignment. Those are some amazing moments.
I have been researching ways to help Joshua with his reading because I know that he can read, but his words get jumbled, move around, go backwards, and he also shared that some letters look like they are missing at times. I decided to go ahead and use as many dyslexic resources I can to see if they help him improve.
I found several iPad apps that I purchased today to add to our summer curriculum. I am using them with all three children. I will share.
Dyslexia* By Jenna Connolly
Alpha Writer, by Montessorium By Montessorium, LLC
Word Wizard – Talking Movable Alphabet & Spelling Tests for Kids By L’Escapadou
The Trip Little Critter Reading Adventure By Silver Dolphin
I would like to write about our school experience, but I have too much going on at the moment. I think I may during the summer. I think all of us are a bit more prepared for next year. However, I have had my own moments of panic and going into research mode because of state testing. Next year will be the first year that Ariel and Daniel will have any experience with that. I have been on the state testing information site for almost two weeks. I have also been researching about accommodations in regards to IEP’s.
I am still combing through all of it and reaching out to other Autistic moms who have gone before me. My brain feels tired.
This week has been an awesome school week though, the kids have been full of energy and willingness to get work done because their Grammy is coming in a couple of weeks and they do not want to spend all of their days doing school work.
We have big plans to go to several museums, the zoo, and some other adventures we have not decided on yet. Wow, there is so much that has been going on my head is starting to spin wanting to write it all out. There are so many positives that I want to share!
I must stick with my focus. In my research for the summer, I found some great teacher websites and some other free websites that I plan to utilize.
I found this one today Reading Bear. Taken from their website: “Reading Bear, a project of WatchKnowLearn.org, is the first free program online to teach beginning readers vocabulary and concepts while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English, all using innovative rich media.”
I am using this with my boys. While they are not beginning readers, they need extra time and repetition when it comes to the basics. I think this in addition to the other reading, phonics, comprehension resources I plan on using will help them progress to level ( I hope) by fall. Daniel will be receiving therapies over the summer and they both will be meeting with Daniel’s tutor for an hour a week.
I do think devoting all this time will help them a great deal.
These are links I found that actually have tools and online games, resources, stories, etc… For the curriculum they used through their school. I hope they stay up for the summer.
Welcome to Mrs. Lewis’s Elementary Cyber Classroom
Welcome to Second Grade Reading Street Teacher Resources!
Miss Hunt’s Classroom
Teacher Created Resources to Support Pearson Scott Foresman Reading Street
Turtle Diary (Free online books)
That t is all I have time for the day has been packed full and now the evening is as well! I hope to get back on here soon, but I am not sure. Anyway, I thought others might benefit from some of the links so I thought I would share.
I do have much more to share about Daniel and Joshua’s challenges and progress this year, but I may do it on my other blog Mind Retrofit. Ariel is excelling, we need to work on math this summer, but she she is doing really well. She will be going to a fine arts homeschooling co-op taking drawing and painting and Beginning Strings Program. Joshua will be doing basketball and Daniel is going to start music therapy. Some exciting things coming up for this summer and the fall.
I am late! I have no time to edit, please forgive any typos. Good evening all!