• Attendance

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  • The “Class”

    Avery, Naim, Aaron

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2012: 13

HeadStart:

My scanner has been sent into the manufacturer, so hopefully will get back soon as I am getting behind on scanning kid stuff. But Avery had HS today with Nik and Danielle. They did bubbles and Avery said Bubbles and Wow, according to notes. But it seemed that a lot more gossip happened than anything with Avery. But interesting:

Apparently the consensus among everyone about the boss woman there is that she is a condescending bitch. When the Spanish speaking moms talk I can sometimes pick out words and piece together what they are saying along with their body language or some of the English they say. They were all making fun of her when she did the earthquake thing. Then I guess Nik and Danielle were making fun, too. The consensus about her is unanimous. So, now it becomes just sport to see what she does when she comes in and what the Hispanic ladies say about her, cuz they are funny. Of course, wouldn’t want to work for her.

Which brings to next piece of gossip. There is a job opening soon for a developmental specialist who works with EI and ECE and also some of the kids who don’t qualify for those programs but fall through the cracks. Danielle wants me to apply. Free onsite childcare! But it would be a lot of bureaucratic red tape job. And working for THAT woman. I think I am going for instead working on contract for clients who are deaf blind, low skill or multi handicapped at OCB on a part-time as needed basis.

But the saddest bit of the discussion was about a classmate of Avery’s who is also severely language delayed but whose mother is deaf, illiterate, undocumented and in a bad family situation. I’ve been asked for advice. She seems to come from a Spanish speaking background but has no sign whatsoever except for some home signing. So, I’m looking to find either an ASL + Spanish interpreter or the other route I could go would be to use some sort of pictorial AAC with her. There is a pretty good one for iPad that I’d like to try, but HS would have to buy it for me because it is $189. Which is actually a really good price for a AAC method. That might get the quickest form of communication, and then build on English and ASL with her as time goes on. We shall see what I can come up with. Also could look into a Signing Time curriculum with her and her kid. The undocumented part is the trickiest…so much she needs to fly under the radar for, but her son is a citizen, so everything has to be under the auspices of helping him.

Math today. Aaron knows all the answers without using counters. Fine, but then he doesn't feel the need to tell me what they are. He did like the addends exercise we did, though.

Naim is pretty systematic in math. He likes to find all the patterns. He doesn't cut corners and will find a system to do everything. His main problem is handwriting (numerals) and getting them backwards.

But moving on to Big Kids today:

  • Read “Grizzly Bear Rock” and did Usborne worksheet
  • Math: Did addition sums to 10. Used flashcards and counters and also figured out the addends for 6,7,8,9,10 using counters. Completed 2 sections of Ch. 3 in book plus corresponding practice pages.
  • Sylvan: Aaron did -ow words and Naim did review up to T. Aaron also did ten spelling words.
  • Naim read The Cat and Pat 2X. It is one of the beginning readers from Calvert K. He was driving me crazy with not remembering THE. We’ve gone over it only 200,000,000 times. But it seems like it is new all over again. I half play around with the idea of taking him to Sylvan when I take Avery to SPL. They are almost right next to each other. And then someone else can be frustrated with him!
  • Aaron did worksheets for Lesson 5 in HOP, which were SL- and SM- words.
  • Word Time was SHOVEL and HAUL
  • HWT was C.

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