Joseph is into everything and I do mean EVERYTHING! He is climbing onto every chair or surface he can find. He’s like Dash from The Incredibles with speed. Keeping me on my toes. He does have the constant fluid in his ears and as this is time for major speech formation, he will have tubes in three weeks.
John Micah turns 3 on Sunday after next. He has been receiving speech therapy from Early Intervention. Originally, his trouble was more with a big sister and occasionally big brothers talking for him. Now his tubes have come out and the fluid won’t budge. I’ve been able to keep him from getting an infection but the fluid has stayed constant. So he gets a new set of tubes next Monday. He ages out of Early Intervention on his birthday and starts a one-day-a-week preschool the following Wednesday.
We had put Katie Rose’s IEP on hold. I felt that one day a week without normally developing models among other things made homeschooling the best choice. In many ways, she is doing fabulous. Her vocabulary is growing in leaps and bounds. She is recognizing letters and numbers. She is adding and subtracting numbers. She is much more comfortable socially. But since John Micah will be going to the same school she was set to go to, I thought it might add a bit of camaraderie to reactivate her IEP and let her go as well. They will be going on different days but will have the same teacher. Her first day is today.
I knew with John Micah and Katie Rose getting set up for school that James would want to go as well. After some discussion months ago, we had already decided to have the younger children attend elementary and possibly middle school so that we would have more one-on-one time to prepare David for college and career. So James was going to go back for fifth grade. I had already spoken with my husband and he was hesitate to break up the school year. As I suspected, it came up when we took some paperwork to the little ones’ school.
James: I wish I could go back to school
Me: You can go back for fifth grade
James: Why can’t I go now?
Me: Daddy’s concerned about you starting in the middle of the year.
James: But Hunter did! (Hunter was a friend from school last year)
Me: You can talk to Daddy more about it.
James: But you’re the one that will have to take me!
Me: Daddy’s the head of the household so the big decisions have to go through him.
We all talked some more and decided to let him go ahead. It would be good for him and David. James can be competitive and sensitive so David’s good grades end up with James being upset. Which isn’t right because David should be free to be the brilliant kid he is. I’ve explained all this and how we should rejoice with others when they accomplish something well but still hasn’t eliminated the comparing that James does between the two of them.
He wondered if there was stuff that the class had learned that he wouldn’t know. I told him that I am sure there were things that class covered that we hadn’t but we covered things that I’m sure they haven’t like reading The Hobbit or The Aeneid or some of the less familiar math concepts on Khan Academy. James started back to school yesterday and he got such a great welcome. He has the same teacher and many of the same classmates minus the boy that teased him last year. Perfect! He talked up a storm when he got home. He’s excited about celebrating his birthday at school in a couple weeks.
David was able to see his old teachers while we were there so that was really sweet. One of the other teachers was thinking we were headed to the middle school and said, “Oh Sarah Kate (one of his classmates and her daughter) will be so happy to see you!” I told her that we were still homeschooling him and she replied, “Oh never mind, Sarah Kate will be so sad then.” Such a charmer, he is.
I wish I felt confident in his executive function but it’s just not there so I still feel it would be a giant disaster. I haven’t been able to get him to find the inward motivation to stay on top of things. It’s taking countless reminders and redirections. We have his robotics stuff to work on. Also, I’ve told him that we are beginning college prep so he can go as far as he wants to go with math and science. And begin college classes early if he chooses. That seemed to make him spark a little so maybe that will create some motivation.
A little nerve-wracking for me to have them all going in different directions in different ways. But I think that we’ve really thought through each situation and done what is best for that child. Here’s to an awesome remaining school year!