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    Avery, Naim, Aaron

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August 14-23, 2013

Oh, one of these again. This is more because my memory fails me on the specifics of what we do if I don’t post at least every couple of days. Bad me.

Sooooo…..(drawing a blank.)

Avery has been a good little Goddard Child. I am noticing that they are putting him in the next room over and I am getting DARs from that room. It’s not a big deal, but I just wonder if they are planning on telling me what’s up? Is this a ratio issue and a temporary thing or are they getting ready to move him? Reports here and here.┬áHe is off today because I am going to put him in more days next week while the kids are in camp.

Highlights of Schoolwork….

  • We finished Ch. 15 in HOP dealing with Calendar and Time.
  • Aaron has finished ALL the work in hooked on phonics. I am so glad. He will be starting HOP Master Reader for 3rd grade.
  • I have Naim’s curriculum for Reading Horizons and he did a bit of the early assessments. He did better than I thought on some sections but got 0% on recognizing and discriminating vowel sounds. He always tells me he can’t hear the difference between like /a/ and /e/. It is frustrating. But he did seem to like the new curriculum interface.
  • We read and did the work for DER “Busy Bea”.
  • They did their usual stuff with handwriting and sylvan
  • They did a kiwi crates box where they made recycled paper and leaf-print bags. That is the last one I had. I really like those things, the materials are such good quality. But, alas, saving money for now.

Fieldtrip-wise, we have gone swimming once, and did our last day at the Outpost, also got haircuts. Naim also had an interview with a reporter from the Hillsboro Tribune at a Starbucks, but she seemed as nonplussed as I was about why they would be doing an article on this ‘non-event.” As of today, there is no story. This all went down from Naim filling out a little rider profile form on the TriMet website. He got a ton of attention for doing it…and then nothing. And he was so excited…that it has just been a fucking headache ever since and I wish it would go away. It has taken up my time to deal with it and I really don’t know what to tell him about why nothing is published like they promised him. (If they are not going to publish, fine. But just TELL ME and so I can tell him and be done with it. Sigh.) TriMet did send him a package of swag, so he liked that. But whatever.

Naim also started soccer practice. The coach seems less than social. Like to the point where I introduced myself and he did not even acknowledge that I was talking to him. Is this something white, hetero, able-bodied males can get away with? Or is he on the spectrum or something. I mean, he is REALLY rude. Anyway, we think he is kind of aloof to everyone, not just us. And Naim seems to like him, which is the important thing. He seems to do better with the kids. So maybe painfully shy? But how do you get through life like that? (hetero-male privilege???? The rest of us blind folks and otherwise have to WORK to put people at ease.)

They did end up putting him on a U9 team, rather than U8 like they promised us, so all of he teammates from last year are not there, which was kind of disappointing for him. But he seems to be bouncing back from that. I am not sure where the U9 team leaves us as far as transportation to games. We lost all of our parent connections for rides as well. So we have to start from scratch. But maybe this will mean that at least SOME of the games we can get to, rather than all of the ones in U8 we were going to need rides for. The game schedule has not come out yet. It will hopefully be soon so we can make arrangements, otherwise Naim will not get to play at games, which he knew would be a possibility.

We spent last weekend cleaning up their room and moving A and N in with Avery as an experiment. We now have a dedicated school room. So far, it is going really well.

Today, Naim has gone canoeing with R. It sounds like a lot of fun and a really neat idea. He was a bit scared, but I think he will do OK once he is there.

August 12, 2013

Avery went to Goddard. He seems to be having a better time getting himself there.

Big Kids:

  • N and I reread “The Puddle” and they did the work in the DER book for that.
  • We did the practice book for Ch. 15 Lesson 1 which is dealing with the Calendar
  • Both did 2 pp. Sylvan
  • Naim did HOP review of unit one. DVD and worksheet
  • Aaron did Lesson 11 of HOP DVD and book
  • Naim did Hh in handwriting books
  • Aaron did 2 pp in HWT

I had a whole bunch of job work to do in the afternoon and evening, so that’s where we left that.

August 3, 2013

To make up for lost school last week, we had school today.

  • We reread “Wintersong Whistling” and looked up the rest of the vocab words in the dictionary and did the workbook. They had to do a poem about a season. Aaron’s was: Toys, toys and more toys. Christmas! Naim’s was: Summer sun. Lot’s of fun. Let’s pick some plums.
  • They did the Ch. 14 test. Aaron got 95% and missed one. Naim got a 70% because he added six problems instead of subtracted. Sigh. But everything else was right.
  • Both did 2 pp. Sylvan
  • Naim did Lesson 4 of HOP DVD and part of the book, and then we did the bonus book.
  • Aaron did lesson 9 in HOP DVD and book
  • Aaron did 2 pp. HWT

They all went to the park in the afternoon.

July 29, 2013

Avery went to Goddard today. He has been having trouble going, but I think in his new found communication skills, he is asserting his power. He seems fine when he comes home. He is so obsessed with trains lately it is driving me nuts.

Big kids:

  • We read “Wintersong Whistling” from DER. We talked about onomatopoeia and also looked up words in the dictionary as well as answering the questions.
  • We did the practice book for MIF Ch. 14 Lesson 2
  • They did 2 pp. Sylvan
  • Naim did the worksheet pages for HOP Lesson 3 and reread the story.
  • Aaron did the worksheets for HOP Lesson 8
  • Aaron did 2pp Sylvan
  • Naim did Mm on the iPad in ZB
  • We watched BrainPop on rounding numbers and the Apollo Missions
  • We went swimming for about an hour and a half.
  • Both did their nighttime summer reading.
  • Naim did Starfall Lesson 12

July 12, 2013

Avery went to Goddard. It was water play day so as per instructions, I put him in his swimsuit and brought extra clothes. But I guess he just put his fingers and toes in. It takes him a bit before he gets ready to really get in the water, but then he eventually does. I imagine they didn’t have very long.

Big kids:

  • Naim and I read “Fishing Bears” and they did the workbook.
  • We did the hardback text for Lesson 1 in Ch. 14 of MIF
  • They each did 2 pp. Sylvan
  • Aaron did worksheets for lesson 6 in HOP. This included reading a story about a man with a guide dog that they revised.
  • Naim did Bonus workbook and reread words.
  • Aaron did 2 pp. of HWT.
  • Naim did iPad activities for Rr.
  • They watched BrainPop on commas and did quiz.
  • They did Lesson 6 of Atelier Art. Aaron had a bit of a perfectionist meltdown. Naim did ok. I have a pic somewhere?

July 8, 2013

Avery went to Goddard today. Here is his report. He also had an “incident report” for me to sign for a bump on the forehead. Those things read like a deposition, but I guess it is better to over-report than to under-report. When I got there, he said, “I come back.” I am not sure if it was a question or a statement. But it was a sentence. then when we left he grabbed a monkey toy and started oo oo oo ee ee ee-ing like a monkey. Then when we left he said, “Play Ni Ni?” Which means he wants to go play with Naim.

But the funny thing was that Naim could not find his iTouch all day long and he swore to me that Avery took it to school. We tried calling it and locating it, but nothing. I thought it was in the house but with the battery dead. But Naim asked me 40 times to got to Avery’s school and get it. When I finally brought Avery back home, he immediately said, “Avery! Do you know where my iTouch is?” And Avery promptly took off his backpack, unzipped it, put his hand in and pulled it out and handed it to Naim. So…I don’t know if there was a conspiracy going on there or what between them. It was funny, though. We called it a couple of times and they probably heard it. I wonder if they thought it was weird that we sent Avery to school with that.

Big kids:

  • Aaron read “Fishing Bear” for DER and we answered the questions.
  • We finished the cumulative review for Ch. 10-13 in Math. They did well except for still having trouble with subtraction with regrouping. And we still need more work on remembering facts.
  • Both did 2 pp. of Sylvan and 5 Sylvan Spelling words.
  • Aaron did the DVD and book for Lesson 5 in HOP
  • Naim did the worksheets for Lesson 1 in HOP
  • Aaron did 2 pp. of HWT.
  • Naim did the review pages in ZB for U, S, B, and P.
  • They watched BrainPop on soccer.
  • They did the first chapter of MGG

June 14, 2013

Today Avery did not have school. Thursday, they went to the Goddard Parent Appreciation Dinner with Nik. They saw BJ the Clown. But we did try to get some school done. I put Avery on the iPad, which makes me feel slightly guilty, but it works. Is it better than TV? I don’t know. Probably not when he is on his own with it. When I am with him, we read books and stuff with it. He mostly watches little kid shows on PBS kids. Which could be worse.

Big kids:

  • Naim read Greetings, Sun in DER and they did the workbook activities.
  • They did the end of chapter 13 “Put on Your Thinking Caps” stuff in the MIF workbook. They did very well with these.
  • They did two pp. of Sylvan
  • Aaron did Lesson 4 DVD and workbook in HOP.
  • Naim did Bb in ZB

Naim and I have been doing 5-10 additional minutes of reading everyday in the evenings. He has a motivation lately to “catch up” in reading. So we have done the HOP stuff on the iPad app. There is also the Bob Books app, then I have a bunch of Calvert K books and print Bob books that he can read. We also finished reading Swiss Family Robinson and started reading the last of the three Pippi Longstocking books. I have Aaron doing evening reading with Click Magazine, which is a kid science magazine on the iPad.