Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This excerpt from Terri Mauro’s book The Everything Parent’s Guide to Sensory Integration Disorder offers some excellent advice for siblings of all challenging children regardless of diagnosis or issue.
“It’s one thing for you to understand your child’s sensory integration problems, but getting your other children to extend appropriate understanding and sympathy is another. Depending on the age of your child’s siblings, you may be able to give them a little bit of an explanation as to why their brother does t hose strange, annoying things. But any special treatment you give him to compensate for his sensory challenges is liable to meet with cries of “No fair!” from the others.
You’ll be doing your children a service to teach them now that fair doesn’t mean equal treatment for each person. It involves each person getting exactly what is appropriate for her. Talk about some ways in which your other children “get” things that your child with sensory integration disorder does not. Does the sibling participate in more activities? Have more friends? Have an easier time in school? It’s not fair that your child has this disorder, it just is. 'Fair' means she gets what she needs to be safe and happy and comfortable, and your other children get that too.”
Terri Mauro is the About.com guide to Parenting Special Needs Children and is a member of Sensory Integration International. Buy her book through Amazon.com:http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Parents-Sensory-Integration-Disorder/dp/1593377142/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-6064158-9368603?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1173303977&sr=8-1.
Check out her website for adoptive and special-needs parents:http://www.motherswithattitude.com/.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday: Mac n Chez
- 1/2 lb of chicken with seasoning salt
- slivered onions & bell peppers cooked until 1/2 caramelized
- 1/2 lb of ground beef with pico de gallo
- 10 flour tortillas
- sour cream
- avocado sliced
- shredded mozzarella and jack cheese
Wednesday: Soup n Sandwich
Monday, September 13, 2010
Math+ Red Path
Unit number: Unit Name
1. Whole Number Sense
17. Whole Number Division TX Supplemental
18. Fractions and Probability TX Supplemental
19. Decimals and Money TX Supplemental
20. Algebra Thinking TX Supplemental
21. Mathematical Reasoning TX Supplemental
2. Whole Number operations
3. Applications of Operations
4. Lines, Angles, and Rotations
5. Fraction Sense
10. Probability and Data
15. Perimeter and Area Formulas
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Daily Trivia -
Silly Songs to start the day:
Free Educational Songs;
Language Arts, Math, Social Studies & Science
Science & Language Games
Science Song Videos
Monday, September 6, 2010
Any solutions for pre-lesson drama causing lack of progress?
Trying to get from Plan A to Plan B?
I was sooo stinking frustrated by week three last year because I was struggling through the OLS training and they said not to teach until I had completed each training segment, it was so irritating.
We ended up trailing behind 3% all year and I hated that, I am super nervous to begin with so that didn't help.
I tracked my progress, I figured out where I needed to be by the end of each week and my son has adjusted to my teaching style, which is much more laid back than the brick and mortar that are spoon feeding all day. now I have my other child home and deprogramming him from the spoon fed education to the here is the topic, here is the direction that I want you to start exploring, and keep me posted as you discover new things and make progress.
We are not in our comfort zone yet, and I still occasionally screech and beller, but over all, we are working out the wrinkles of which direction I want us to be pointing each day so that we make the 3% destination by the end of the week, and they have finally learned that if I am not satisfied with EFFORT not perfection, they can owe me a Saturday school to stay on target.
I did a lot of reading last year and dictation while my reluctant learner listened and dictated his response. It was give and take on my part to guide him down the garden path while he matured into a situation that we had ignorantly put him in.
He is a summer baby, and we pushed him ahead without realizing that while there is a benefit, he is smarter than the average bear, there is a consequence, he was not mature enough to forage for his own dinner so to speak.
I relied on others to do my talking for me:
Youtube is great for lessons, preview them at night after the kids are in bed is good when starting out, and then make a playlist of links in an email to yourself for the next day.
Martin Sheen and DK Eyewitness DVDs has put together EXCELLENT videos for science for various topics.
Math is covered by Khan Academy
Here in Texas, the first weeks are land mass's and map reading.
Mountains, valleys, basin, plateau, pennensula, piedmont, and coast, rivers, lakes, oceans, and so forth, all things that you can get from a youtube clip. ;-) save your voice for ordering pizza. ;-)
and then we hit make change for a $5 and that was the first issue
then it was fact families.. 3rd grade, not wholly unexpected..
YIKES.. but okay, I am calm, I can handle it.
I knew last year that I had to reteach the concept of RESEARCH materials. that means the trusty:
Encyclopedia, Atlas, Dictionary, thesaurus and GOOGLE. fine, I am prepared. I can handle this.
After all, subtraction doesn't come up every day... he is only 11, what would he need to know that....
(wait for it)
okay, he scored COMMENDABLE PERFORMANCE on the TAKS.. one would assume that was because he had a COMPLETE education thus far
So this year, we pulled our 5th grader and on week one I discover, no, he is not familiar with pesky things like nouns and Proper Nouns that are CAPITALIZED, but he is not so good at subtraction and skip counting on a number line.
maniacal laughter ensues.