New year to begin… — 5 Minutes for Special Needs


                               

I know what your thinking…NEW SCHOOL YEAR?   How many days till school starts???  I have a friend that started counting the minute summer started.  I enjoy our homeschooling time together.  I love the beginning of a new year…the goals for the year, the dreams of what you want to work on, the reality of what will really happen.  The fresh Sharpened pencils, crayons (even though we have 12 boxes already), the paper, the books, the construction paper…the excitement…the adventures. 

This past school year offically closed today.  My son had his evaluation that we have to turn into our school system with our next notification letter for the upcoming school year.  Our evaluation is a little different.  We take in the scrapbook of pictures of our work because the really is our samples of the year at school.  We don’t have worksheets, we don’t have projects we can present, we have pictures of therapy sessions, pictures of field trips, loooooonnnnngggg lists of books we read over and over again.  Descriptions of art projects, descriptions of fine arts (music) although I’m thinking we might have to invest in a tape recorder to tape some of the vocalizations that are happening more often & for longer periods of time.   We are fortunate to have a licensed teacher that was a special education teacher do our evaluation.  We take our scrapbook (new one every year) and a summary of things we’ve worked on.  I’m always nervous to go have the evaluation done.   Then after she looks over things and we talk…she signs the paperwork and gives me what I need to continue.  Afterwards I always feel so much better.  I second guess myself and if I’m doing more damage then good.  But then deep down I already know he’s blossomed.  He’s doing so much more than the doctors ever expected him to do.  We’ve been out of therapy for over a year now…I’m not missing it, not sure he is either…but the doctor finally requested that we return to therapies…so we’re headed back 1 time a month.  seems hardly worth it, but new insurance only covers 20 visits per year of OT and PT seperate. 

So here’s to another year under our belt.  Here’s to another year of growth and learning.  Here’s to another year of reading books (gonna knock this year out of the park). 

What’s your favorite part about this time of the year?  Is there just one supply that you HAVE TO BUY because it’s back to school time?  Does anyone have those new crayola dry erase crayons & wipe board?  what do you think of it? 

Wish you & your kids a wonderful school year!  May your children reach all their IEP goals.  May all your teachers understand you and your child.  And may your children exceed their expectations! Wishing you MANY  sucessful years to come!

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I'm a homeschooling mom to a wonderful special boy. Tristan has spastic quadraplegia (CP), severe cortical vision impairment, seizure disorder, and he is non-verbal. I honestly think he's the one doing the teaching. I would not change anything!

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