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    Avery, Naim, Aaron

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3 Days of Miscellany

Wednesday was A and N’s 7th Birthday, Wow! They are like, kids now. Not little kids anymore. Just like Avery is not a baby anymore.

Avery had head start on Wednesday. He put lids in a canister and according to notes looks like they tried finger plays and that was a no go. For some reason, he hates that stuff. We originally thought we were going to have a scheduling problem with Head Start if N got that job, but now we are thinking about looking into the two days a week on-site head start instead of this home based one where there are only two days a month on-sites. But it will work either way, it is just that he does seem to enjoy and get a lot out of the onsite ones and the home visits are hit or miss. If we did that, we would basically have to trade off with one of us taking kids to VH and the other going to HS.

Notes from head start.

Big kids spent the day with D. I actually missed them on their b-day. Grampa Bob gave Avery a gift, which was nice, but then the big kids sort of expected one too over there and it was a no-go. Not sure the deal, but it would have been better if Bob just would have not gotten Avery anything because no one would have noticed. I’m pretty sick of all these relatives making my kids feel bad.

Thursday, Naim and I took Avery to the doctor for his two-year. He is 36.5 inches long (<97th %ile) and 30lbs. (75th %ile.) He got MMR and his last HepA. He has 2 vaccines left in February and we are caught up for Head Start. Dr. is pissy about CDRC and EI basically blowing him off in regards to an evaluation. (CDRC said he was too young and EI would not fill out the CDRC paperwork to get him in.) So she called Legacy Emmanuel right while I was there and got him in their Pediatric Development and Rehabilitation Center. All I need to do is make an appointment. She had to fill out paperwork and that is in now.

Jean from EI came Friday and continued to impress me with her lack of anything constructive to say. I had to remind her that he is up for a IFSP review right now, so we have that tentatively scheduled for Jan. 11. I’m going to have to sit down with it and rewrite the goals and objectives, because I know she won’t bother. I’m going to talk to Head Start Danielle and get input from her and Nik, then I will basically write the thing myself. I’m going to try to advocate for 1x wk. SPL from Kathy (Naim’s speech path who I can make a case for OHP to cover.) Also, I might be able to get input from Legacy, but not counting on that being done in time.

While she was here, she used the same wind-up toys she used last time. He gets a bit interested and will do “more” but he is not all that engaged in Jean. Aaron came in (Naim was with R. making gingerbread houses) and started interrupting everything, and I let him stay because I wanted to see how she would handle it. I did tell him that it was Avery’s school time and he had to cooperate and watch, but I didn’t make him leave. I did that because this is our lives, we do not have Avery in a bubble where it is just us and him communicating with no other interruption and noise. Having just Aaron is not even half of the distractions that that kid puts up with. What happened was, Avery checked out, Aaron and her got into a whole conversation that Aaron kept initiating and pushing, and that was that. She made no effort to incorporate Aaron into therapy, which I do all the time. I totally use them as models. If they all want crackers, and Avery is just screaming for one, I wait and make A and N say and sign more cracker and then I give them one. Then Avery will catch on and do it, too. She’s irritating. I told her about Legacy, and she acted like she doesn’t really understand why I want to pursue any kind of medical evaluation for him. Why wouldn’t I? At least initially you want to get some kind of differential diagnosis and rule crap out. I have already, no thanks to EI, ruled out vision/hearing issues. Anyway, she then complained about budget constraints a lot. I get that. But that doesn’t mean that while you are here in the 45 minutes you have with my kid, you can basically check out and do nothing. And she NEVER emails me the notes that she says she will. She is also rather polite-y politely condescending about Nik and his abilities to work with Avery. I’m a special ed teacher so its ok, but he can’t do this or that. I’m like, the vast majority of people you work with are not special ed teachers, that is your job to work with them.

Naim made a gingerbread house at R’s house. That seemed to all go ok, and it was good, especially the chocolate rocks.

Gingerbread house with accompanying Bakugon's Zenthon and ???

Right Side

Left side.

Aaron told my sister on the phone that he doesn’t like R because she is Chinese and has funny eyes. (…cringe…) So we had a talk about that. I told him that R’s color and eye shape are what millions and millions of people have and maybe our eyes look funny to people who have that shape of eye or are that color. And I said I think she is very pretty. Also how silly it is (and rude) to not like someone because of what they look like or where they come from.  I told him that it is not ok to say things like that about someone else. He seemed to get it, but then said that he doesn’t like R. because she doesn’t like him. I don’t know if she doesn’t like him, I think it is a case of two very dominant people trying to dominate each other. I also think it is in his head that R. is Naim’s friend so he can’t like her, too. Not our first race discussion, but one of the most blatant. You can just hope that you handle this stuff ok.

Aaron also finished his HOP purple level 2, and thus the whole purple books. Now we are off to GREEN books!

Weekend Update


Avery and I did some of the Buttercups curriculum, including a “red sculpture” that was putting red things (festoon, candy wrapper, red crayon, red stamp) in a small red and white box. He got into the stamping a bit and colored a bit. Any time I have his attention for more than 2 seconds and he is manipulating things while I name them I feel is a success. It gets pretty hard to keep his attention sometimes. We also did a “more tickles” game on the bed, where he would have to indicate (through sign) that he wants more tickles. He is getting fairly good with the sign “more” around food, but he did not do it this time. However, any time I would  ask him, he would start to giggle and shrink up in anticipation of tickles, so he is obviously comprehending there. I am satisfied that his receptive is improving and I know that will have to come before expressive. Around food, though. We seem to have a fairly reliable “more” and “all done.” Also “yeah” is becoming fairly consistent. He was taken coke cans and building towers with them. I said, “Are you building towers?” and he gave me a clear “yeah.” This morning, he gave me his cup from breakfast and I asked him if he wanted more, he gave me a head nod. It is the first time I have seen that.

We also went to a circle supper at church which was supposed to be kid friendly. The idea was to make pizzas, which is a good idea, but it was a bit of a disorganized mad house. I don’t blame the planners, they tried their best, but it was just like going to a out of control birthday party where the kids had no party stuff to do. There were 36 people there, including kids. Three babies, including Avery, about 15 kids total. There were a group of older people that came (50+ with no kids) who pissed me off. They completely ignored everyone else and did nothing to help. As usual, I had to help 5 people get pizza stuff. I tried to make two pizzas at once and this woman came and bumped one of mine and it plopped on the floor. That was just an accident, but then afterwards, not only did they not help clean up, they would not move out of the way, they ignored me when I was on the floor trying to wipe up sauce, and then they all crowded in front of me in line when my other pizza was just sitting there on the table, abandoned. I could not believe how rude they were. Then they went and sat over in a corner by themselves and when Nik tried to talk to them, they blew him off. Why did they even bother to come? Anyway, lots of kids everywhere with little organization. I was about to shoot my brains out. After everyone got fed and settled, it got a lot better and the kids were playing happily with each other and parents had some time to talk. But then it was time for it to be over. Anyway, despite the craziness, it is good for the kids to work on their social skills and manners as far as going through a buffet line, cleaning up after themselves, waiting for everyone to start eating, etc. It is also good for Avery to move away from us and play with other kids. He didn’t at first, but got better near the end.

Today we did homeschool and then the kids went to D’s house.

  • Word Time (CAKE DESSERT)
  • Calvert Math Lesson 139-141. Dimes and penny, nickel, dime review. They do really good with this. They have little problem understanding money ad exchanging nickels for dimes, etc.
  • Aaron reading-Sylvan Review lessons 1-6. We took a stack of about 30 words and sorted them by rhyming. He did well with that. Also did worksheet pages for HOP Lesson 15.
  • Naim did Dd in Sylvan, did -an workbook pages in HOP supplemental.
  • Handwriting- did P on magnet board and P page in HWT.

Tuesday VH, Pumpkins and Apples


Avery slept a good part of the morning. He went with me to D’s for a bit. D had a little app on his iPod that had a picture of me and some other shapes and stuff. Whenever Avery would tap on it, something would appear and for the picture of me he had it say “mama.” Avery liked to make that one appear and did seem to say mama perhaps once. He also watched Play with Me Sesame over there, then Nik got him and took him home to nap while I worked the rest of the afternoon.

Aaron and Naim went to VH where they are filming a documentary called “Class Dismissed.” Nik saw the camera crews and they said they were filmed several times, so we shall see if anything comes of it or if the kids end up in a movie.

I did not hear a lot about their classes today. Doesn’t look like the class blogs have been updated yet. Maybe all of the excitement from the camera crew?

Kids carved pumpkins with Grampa Fred. That seemed to go ok (I was not here.) Aaron decided he didn’t like his, not sure why. It doesn’t light up as well as Naim’s because I think the holes aren’t big enough. Avery did not get to paint his yet.

Kid’s went to dinner at Noodles with Fred. After, we FINALLY did the apple pie activity from Avery’s Buttercup curriculum. We have never had enough apples at one time before. Basically, it was just making applesauce and putting them in little pie pans and putting whipped cream on top. Avery did get into smashing the apples and did enjoy being a part of it and eating it. We still have apple sauce for tomorrow.

Don't know what this is...from Lego class

Making pie with Avery's applesauce

Good pie.

More apple mashing

Naim's Pumpkin

Fred always gets this job.