One week left, and we are filing away Isaac's 2nd Grade year in our memory books. It was a good year, an IMPORTANT year, and the first year he has had since leaving EI three years ago that was, (dare I even say it?), NORMAL. Not in the NT sense of normal, which I honestly believe now that there is no NT Normal, but in a normal school year.
What constitutes a normal school year? It is very simple. Your take them to school, they attend class, have homework, field trips, playdates, school concerts, plays, parent/teacher conferences. What exactly did we do before the second grade? Emergancy IEP meetings, Functional Behavior Assesments, multiple calls from the front office to come get him because of meltdowns, two (yes, two) calls from the Portland Police to report "incidents" in the classroom (both at Roseway - check previous posts for details), an expulsion hearing, and a transfer to a special contained behavioral program at Pioneer.
The biggest emergancy this year at Alameda? His teacher called once this entire school year. ONCE. To report that they couldn't find his lunch box. And then they found it in the classroom. That was yesterday.
What changed? I think mainly we stopped trying to force our square peg into the round hole. He is not a typical student, and finally between us and PPS, this was awknowleged and accepted. And no that he is finding his own rythem, suddenly even the mainstream classes are working.
Next year is a very different year. Classes are going to become harder, the social world more complicated. And we are going to try to be ready for that. Now the focus has shifted to the summer and the first summer off for Isaac since he was 4 years old. No extended year services, no fear of behavior or academics slipping during the months off. Might need to call it our "Summer of Being a Kid".
Still, I am looking towards fall already. His mainstreaming is going to increase, which is good and scary. Isaac is getting bored in his CB classroom. It is a CB Academic, but he comes home asking why some of the older kids are not doing as much as him when it comes to math, reading, and science. And boredom in kids is always a bad thing.
So, what are you doing this summer?