....no more teacher's dirty looks! (all jokes people!)
(note this is not a scrapbooking or card making post - just that of a mom who loves her little guy - though he may not translate it as such!)
Today is the last day of school here in South Western Ontario ! And I am happy to have my little guy home with me for the summer, we have lots of plans to swim, boat, play in the sand and have friends join us at our trailer!
But.... (there is always a 'but' people!) ....remember what I said about the "no more pencils, no more books", well not so much for my guy. You see Timmy has recently been diagnosed with a couple of learning disabilities, we knew it. In our heads we knew it and we sought out the diagnosis so that he will have the help he needs to achieve in school, next year and the years after that. In our hearts, we hoped for the best, life can be hard enough... so who needs any extra struggles.
Without going into too many details, he basically has a processing issue, a memory issue, and a reading issue. Thankfully, he excels in some areas too. In both comprehension and math he scores well above the average kid. I am thankful for this, as it makes him aware and bright and also gives him something that he can be truly proud of while he struggles to catch up in other areas.
So, during the summer we need to continue to do regular academic tasks. We need to continue to read, often, because of his memory problem - he truly will lose a skill if he doesn't continue to repeat it - so all those little words that we read by memory as they don't really have a 'meaning' well he needs to read them more often to commit them into his long term memory. He needs to continue to practice his writing as his penmanship leaves a little to be desired. He needs to continue to practice portraying his thoughts in the written form; putting in punctuation, capitals, verbs, nouns etc., all where they belong. He needs to practice his speech patterns and his story telling. 27 word run on sentences with no punctuation and random capitalization, just don't cut it! ;)
Now comes my part, my job as his Mom is to come up with a fun, easy, quick way for him to do all of this. Without him feeling like he is spending the day in school. Still leaving loads of play time, time for adventures, exploring, having new experiences and making good memories.
I started out by making a list of things I needed / wanted to incorporate into this summer program.
-printing and pencil coordination
-journaling and story writing
-math (yes he is good at it so he should keep doing it to hone the skills and to have an activity that is easier for him)
This is what I came up with when I incorporated all of these items.....
Now the goal is to make this an almost daily part of our routine. Maybe after breakfast, while he is fresh... we'll see. I want it to be quick 15-30 minutes, I want it to be flexible, I want him to mix up the tasks from day to day. And I want it to be fun. That is why I incorporated the scrapbooking element. He loves crafting, and I am hoping he will enjoy it so much, he won't realize that I am making him write / journal!
In order to make it fun and current, I am adding these to his 'kit'....
And an Epson Picturemate Charm photo printer, love this little baby! I bought it with this project in mind, but heck, Mom can use it too, right?
I am hoping that his love of crafting and photo taking coupled with the ability to print pictures instantly - will push him to want to document his happenings.
I also have a couple of programs on his and my laptop, that he can work on too.
I have shown Timmy all of this, he didn't think it was too horrible, so wish us luck! The things we do for our kids! I am passionate about his academic success, but I am hoping that it doesn't translate to "my crazy mother pushes me too hard" Really it is just about 'personal bests', finding, achieving and maintaining them.
If you are still here, thanks for sticking with me! If you do anything like this for your children I would love to hear from you... am I missing something? Do you have any advice?
Hah, I already remembered something that I forgot... pencils! Off to get them now!
Thanks for visiting me today, I really appreciate it.