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    OT: Update On Schooling

    Hey y’all,

    Sarah (sarahanddrew) messaged me to see how we were doing and Cheryl and ColoMama have also asked. I wanted to do an update for everyone to save time. (Briefly — we are getting ready to go on vacation for the weekend).

    School is going pretty well. My younger son is reading, writing (which still needs work), doing arithmetic, learning about the human body, fairy tales, ancient civilizations, etc.. My older daughter is making straight A’s and is doing the same, but with American folktales instead of fairy tales. My oldest, Winston, is doing a half day on Monday’s and Friday’s, with full days on Tues-Thurs. He’s a bit all over the place, academically, but is making great progress in music, Art, computer, reading, Latin and is moving ahead, slowly, in Math.

    He also has a specialized reading teacher with whom he meets four days a week and she is wonderful. All the teachers at the kids’ (small and cozy) school are veterans, and many have a background in special ed. So we have been pleasantly surprised with the level of support and hospitality. There are a range of special needs students at the school and a few of them are friends with my son (they sit together in the resource room during lunch, since they all get overwhelmed by the noise of the cafeteria). And his mood, cooperation and emotional stability have all improved. He’s not “happy and cooperative all the time”, but he’s much, much better than he was at the start of school.

    Winston has also been selected by the special needs staff for a full evaluation, focusing on ASD. Over the next six weeks or so, he will be screened and evaluated for speech, OT, cognitive function, intellectual ability, mental health issues, fine motor, and on and on and on, with a TON of questionnaires for my husband and me to fill out (since the school relies more on our input than their own observations — a great relief). Their assessment process is very rigorous and the special needs coordinator said several of their evaluations have been submitted to our local Childrens Hospital (which is the gold standard around here) and they said they needed no further testing, they were satisfied with the school system’s rigor.

    An IEP should be in place around Christmas. And we may finally have some answers. We also don’t have to rely on insurance to get it done. Thanks be to God!

    School has been much more of a positive experience than I anticipated. We selected a really good school, so that helps! The kids are pretty excited to go to school each day, we have enough days off so that we don’t all get overwhelmed, and we’ve gotten in to a pretty good groove with nightly homework. It’s going well.
    We had parent/teacher conferences yesterday and there were no surprises. I’m in regular touch with all the kids’ teachers and they’re all very kind and helpful — and they truly seem to love their jobs and are committed to teaching well.

    We’re looking ahead to hopefully getting Winston to be able to complete a full academic week like his siblings, but may wait until his IEP is in place so that it’s not quite so high a hill for him to scale.

    Thank you all for the prayers, well wishes and regards. Such a blessing. So encouraging and heart warming. Bless you, ladies. Please continue to pray for us as we embark on a long weekend of hubbub and vacation at Air Force. Getting out of town is always exciting but also frustrating for our family as anxiety mixes with excitement. I anticipate meltdowns, but blessedly we have a suite of rooms to nap and have quiet time in when that happens.

    Hope you’re all well. You’re in my prayers often.


    ~ Anita
    Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
    Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
    Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
    Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

    “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
    ~Pope St John Paul II

    #2
    Re: OT: Update On Schooling

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have been thinking about you! How are YOU doing?
    Christine

    (2018-2019)
    DD1 8/23/09 - SC4
    DS2 9/1/11 - SC2
    DD3 2/9/13 - MPK

    Previous Years
    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3)
    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK)
    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others!)

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      #3
      Re: OT: Update On Schooling

      Originally posted by Anita View Post
      Hey y’all,

      Sarah (sarahanddrew) messaged me to see how we were doing and Cheryl and ColoMama have also asked. I wanted to do an update for everyone to save time. (Briefly — we are getting ready to go on vacation for the weekend).

      School is going pretty well. My younger son is reading, writing (which still needs work), doing arithmetic, learning about the human body, fairy tales, ancient civilizations, etc.. My older daughter is making straight A’s and is doing the same, but with American folktales instead of fairy tales. My oldest, Winston, is doing a half day on Monday’s and Friday’s, with full days on Tues-Thurs. He’s a bit all over the place, academically, but is making great progress in music, Art, computer, reading, Latin and is moving ahead, slowly, in Math.

      He also has a specialized reading teacher with whom he meets four days a week and she is wonderful. All the teachers at the kids’ (small and cozy) school are veterans, and many have a background in special ed. So we have been pleasantly surprised with the level of support and hospitality. There are a range of special needs students at the school and a few of them are friends with my son (they sit together in the resource room during lunch, since they all get overwhelmed by the noise of the cafeteria). And his mood, cooperation and emotional stability have all improved. He’s not “happy and cooperative all the time”, but he’s much, much better than he was at the start of school.

      Winston has also been selected by the special needs staff for a full evaluation, focusing on ASD. Over the next six weeks or so, he will be screened and evaluated for speech, OT, cognitive function, intellectual ability, mental health issues, fine motor, and on and on and on, with a TON of questionnaires for my husband and me to fill out (since the school relies more on our input than their own observations — a great relief). Their assessment process is very rigorous and the special needs coordinator said several of their evaluations have been submitted to our local Childrens Hospital (which is the gold standard around here) and they said they needed no further testing, they were satisfied with the school system’s rigor.

      An IEP should be in place around Christmas. And we may finally have some answers. We also don’t have to rely on insurance to get it done. Thanks be to God!

      School has been much more of a positive experience than I anticipated. We selected a really good school, so that helps! The kids are pretty excited to go to school each day, we have enough days off so that we don’t all get overwhelmed, and we’ve gotten in to a pretty good groove with nightly homework. It’s going well.
      We had parent/teacher conferences yesterday and there were no surprises. I’m in regular touch with all the kids’ teachers and they’re all very kind and helpful — and they truly seem to love their jobs and are committed to teaching well.

      We’re looking ahead to hopefully getting Winston to be able to complete a full academic week like his siblings, but may wait until his IEP is in place so that it’s not quite so high a hill for him to scale.

      Thank you all for the prayers, well wishes and regards. Such a blessing. So encouraging and heart warming. Bless you, ladies. Please continue to pray for us as we embark on a long weekend of hubbub and vacation at Air Force. Getting out of town is always exciting but also frustrating for our family as anxiety mixes with excitement. I anticipate meltdowns, but blessedly we have a suite of rooms to nap and have quiet time in when that happens.

      Hope you’re all well. You’re in my prayers often.


      ~ Anita

      I am so glad to hear how well school is working out! I’ve never heard of such an amazing school. Understanding special-needs and teaching Latin...pursuing assessments and so involving of you and your husband...wow! Praise God!!! Winston sounds like he really is settling in, that must bring you so much relief.

      I will pray for a really good holiday for you all. Blessings to you Anita, glad you’re still here on the forum.
      Sarah

      Aussies from Sydney, Australia
      Miriam 9yo Latina Christiana, Greek Myths, Poppers Penguins, Christian Studies 1, R+S 4 (also IEW Phonetic Zoo, IEW Poetry Memorisation, HWT Cursive)
      Jonny 6.5yo (Special Needs) SC Level 1
      Elissa 3.5yo SC Level B (for preschool)
      Thomas 12 months

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        #4
        Re: OT: Update On Schooling

        All good news, Anita! And thank you for continuing to offer help here. Your voice and experience are needed (as well as your wicked sense of humor!).

        Tanya

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          #5
          Re: OT: Update On Schooling

          Originally posted by tanya View Post
          all good news, anita! And thank you for continuing to offer help here. Your voice and experience are needed (as well as your wicked sense of humor!).

          Tanya
          xoxoxoxoxo
          Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
          Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
          Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
          Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

          “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
          ~Pope St John Paul II

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            #6
            Re: OT: Update On Schooling

            Despite my love of MP, I confess to doing a Google search to find out where the heck this school is so I could find out more about it!

            Friends email friends with such information, even when said friends live 1,000 miles away
            Jennifer


            2018-2019
            DS-14 & DS-15 (MP9 Literature, Novare Intro to Physics, Light to the Nations I (CTP), MPOA for: Latin, Pre-Algebra, Ref/Con
            DS-12 (6M)
            DS-10 (SC3)
            DD-8 (MP2)
            DD-6 (SC2)
            DD-3 (NT using SCB for gradual intro to JrK)

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              #7
              Re: OT: Update On Schooling

              Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
              Despite my love of MP, I confess to doing a Google search to find out where the heck this school is so I could find out more about it!

              Friends email friends with such information, even when said friends live 1,000 miles away
              Ha! It’s an “Imagine School”. There are several nationwide. Don’t know if there are any in IN

              ETA: The academic rigor is not MP, obviously. So there are drawbacks. I still plan on supplementing over the Summer, for example. But my daughter now spontaneously informs me on differences in major artistic styles (modernism versus realism) and which instruments are playing in an orchestral piece she hears. The kids are also required to read for 20-30 per day and do speed drills in Math nightly. So there are some things that are very ”MP”. The differences are going to be that Math is Singapore for Common Core (my biggest dislike) and more emphasis on completing assignments on the keyboard in Google Classroom. I still require Winston to do cursive a few times a week to keep up his penmanship.
              Last edited by Anita; 10-25-2018, 01:37 PM.
              Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
              Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
              Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
              Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

              “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
              ~Pope St John Paul II

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                #8
                Re: OT: Update On Schooling

                Originally posted by Anita View Post
                Ha! It’s an “Imagine School”. There are several nationwide. Don’t know if there are any in IN
                Closest one is 5 hours away. Must be God's way of keeping me on task
                Jennifer


                2018-2019
                DS-14 & DS-15 (MP9 Literature, Novare Intro to Physics, Light to the Nations I (CTP), MPOA for: Latin, Pre-Algebra, Ref/Con
                DS-12 (6M)
                DS-10 (SC3)
                DD-8 (MP2)
                DD-6 (SC2)
                DD-3 (NT using SCB for gradual intro to JrK)

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                  #9
                  Re: OT: Update On Schooling

                  Anita,

                  I’m glad to hear that the transition is going well and the kids continue to not only thrive but excel.
                  Heidi

                  2018-19
                  dd- 3m
                  ds- SC 1
                  dd- SC B

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                    #10
                    Re: OT: Update On Schooling

                    Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
                    Closest one is 5 hours away. Must be God's way of keeping me on task
                    Sanctification through motherhood and homeschooling, my friend.

                    Anita, thank you for taking the time to give us an update. Sending love to you. <3
                    DD #1 : 23, college GRADUATE
                    DD #2 : 12 MP 7A - HLS Cottage School Louisville, MPOA
                    DS #3 : 10, MP3M+Simply Classical4; HLS Cottage School Louisville
                    DS #4 : 10, MP3M+Simply Classical4; HLS Cottage School Louisville
                    DD #5: 6, MP 1 at HLS
                    DS #6: 4, cutest caboose on the loose
                    http://www.thekennedyadventures.com

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                      #11
                      Re: OT: Update On Schooling

                      I'm so happy your kids are doing well in school! Thanks for giving an update!
                      Catherine

                      2018-19
                      DS15, 9th
                      DS13, 6th
                      DS11, 5th
                      DD11, 5th
                      DS6, K
                      DD3
                      DS 10 mos

                      Homeschooling 3 with MP
                      2 using First Form series in school

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                        #12
                        Re: OT: Update On Schooling

                        Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
                        Sanctification through motherhood and homeschooling, my friend.

                        Anita, thank you for taking the time to give us an update. Sending love to you. <3
                        Smooches gracias <3
                        Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                        Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                        Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                        Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                        “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                        ~Pope St John Paul II

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                          #13
                          Re: OT: Update On Schooling

                          The school just emailed:
                          They want to give my son a “perseverance” award at a school assembly (in front of everyone!) next week! So proud of my Big Boy ❤️
                          Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                          Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                          Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                          Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                          “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                          ~Pope St John Paul II

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                            #14
                            Re: OT: Update On Schooling

                            Originally posted by Anita View Post
                            The school just emailed:
                            They want to give my son a “perseverance” award at a school assembly (in front of everyone!) next week! So proud of my Big Boy ❤️
                            Congratulations!!
                            Catherine

                            2018-19
                            DS15, 9th
                            DS13, 6th
                            DS11, 5th
                            DD11, 5th
                            DS6, K
                            DD3
                            DS 10 mos

                            Homeschooling 3 with MP
                            2 using First Form series in school

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                              #15
                              Re: OT: Update On Schooling

                              I'm impressed with the school for recognizing and encouraging this, impressed with your son for persevering in his new setting, and impressed with you, the Queen of Perseverance, for making sure that all of your children receive a strong education. Congrats to all!

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