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    Small Successes :)

    I've begun working on vocabulary with Ana, with mixed results, but I was struck on a recent assignment how far her writing has come! She used to use no punctuation and decorated words with silent-e's while spelling. Her sentences were often fragments and never more that a simple sentence, no details to speak of.

    This week she wrote the following sentences (included exactly as written):

    1. Out of all the planets Jupiter is the biggest planet in space

    2. The sun is very hot that it will hurt your eyes.

    3. Pluto is so small that you would have to use a magnify to see it.

    So, a few word usage errors and one missing period but overall they make sense! Not a single misspelled word in them, and that first sentence is excellent in structure compared to her old speech/writing patterns! And she did use a couple of her vocabulary words (planet, Jupiter, magnify, sun, Pluto) mostly correctly. We discussed about magnify vs magnifying lens and such so hopefully she can get that right next time.

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    Re: Small Successes

    That is really quite remarkable and definitely something to celebrate! Way to go, momma and child! We all need to do more of this: stop, think back about where they were 6 months ago, 12 months ago, etc. This is not something I'm very good at doing as I can despair too much about my son's challenges. But over the course of time I really do see quite significant progress.

    Slow and steady, one faithful and consistent step at a time.

    So glad you shared here,
    SusanP

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      #3
      Re: Small Successes

      How wonderful, i.m.! Congratulations to you and Ana!

      I was just reflecting on this yesterday. Good timing! I almost overlooked a major blessing. After 8 years of hard work and wondering if it would ever happen, I can finally drop my two oldest children off at a social event with other children and not worry!

      I almost overlooked it because it happened so slowly, and by increments, that I barely noticed when it finally occurred. Over the last several months, the children have attended parties, Art Camp and Vacation Bible School -- and we have not had one problem. WOW. I don't have to stay and monitor them (or play interpreter) and I don't have to explain a dozen things before I drop them off. That is totally amazing. And I just took it for granted because I was so busy pushing on to the next goal! (Laughing at myself)

      Let's make sure to record our "wins" and give ourselves credit for the success of the work we've undertaken.
      Last edited by Anita; 08-08-2016, 06:06 AM.
      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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        #4
        Re: Small Successes

        Originally posted by imagine.more View Post
        I've begun working on vocabulary with Ana, with mixed results, but I was struck on a recent assignment how far her writing has come! She used to use no punctuation and decorated words with silent-e's while spelling. Her sentences were often fragments and never more that a simple sentence, no details to speak of.

        This week she wrote the following sentences (included exactly as written):

        1. Out of all the planets Jupiter is the biggest planet in space

        2. The sun is very hot that it will hurt your eyes.

        3. Pluto is so small that you would have to use a magnify to see it.

        So, a few word usage errors and one missing period but overall they make sense! Not a single misspelled word in them, and that first sentence is excellent in structure compared to her old speech/writing patterns! And she did use a couple of her vocabulary words (planet, Jupiter, magnify, sun, Pluto) mostly correctly. We discussed about magnify vs magnifying lens and such so hopefully she can get that right next time.

        Wow, Imagine! That is SO encouraging. You have worked so hard.

        Remember this post??


        Thank you for sharing this.

        Cheryl

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          #5
          Re: Small Successes

          Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
          Wow, Imagine! That is SO encouraging. You have worked so hard.

          Remember this post??


          Thank you for sharing this.

          Cheryl
          I love it when you remind us, Cheryl!

          My older daughter, who initially struggled with learning phonics and reading, suddenly took off a few weeks ago and jumped ahead of her brother. She is still working through FSRB but can almost read Little Bear by herself already. She just finished her phonics lessons today and read me "The Goat" from the Primary Phonics Readers "blue series". She should not know how to do that yet based on her lessons so far. She apparently just cracked the code on reading and has taken off. Blessings, indeed!

          Happy Monday, everyone!
          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: Small Successes

            Originally posted by Anita View Post
            How wonderful, i.m.! Congratulations to you and Ana!

            I was just reflecting on this yesterday. Good timing! I almost overlooked a major blessing. After 8 years of hard work and wondering if it would ever happen, I can finally drop my two oldest children off at a social event with other children and not worry!

            I almost overlooked it because it happened so slowly, and by increments, that I barely noticed when it finally occurred. Over the last several months, the children have attended parties, Art Camp and Vacation Bible School -- and we have not had one problem. WOW. I don't have to stay and monitor them (or play interpreter) and I don't have to explain a dozen things before I drop them off. That is totally amazing. And I just took it for granted because I was so busy pushing on to the next goal! (Laughing at myself)

            Let's make sure to record our "wins" and give ourselves credit for the success of the work we've undertaken.
            Isn't that amazing! And you're right, those milestones are so slow coming that you almost miss them. But you're right, we should definitely stop periodically to notice those things, lest we get discouraged. Being able to drop a child off at parties and camps without worry is a huge gift to you and them! It means they can confidently navigate those situations now without relying on mom's intervention or cues!

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              #7
              Re: Small Successes

              Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
              Wow, Imagine! That is SO encouraging. You have worked so hard.

              Remember this post??


              Thank you for sharing this.

              Cheryl
              I know, right?! She's really worked so hard....sometimes complaining but always coming back and doing the work she needed to do. I'm sure it was discouraging for her to realize how far behind she was (the school was giving her A's and never telling her that she was struggling....she thought she was doing good in school because she got A's)

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