Monday, May 20, 2013

In the merry, merry month of May

It has been just a roller coaster of a month.  I've been all over the place with activities.  My daughter's health issues are, fortunately, treatable with over-the-counter medications, so that's a good thing.

My daughter's Girl Scout troop is saving up to go to Italy and Greece in two years.  We had our first official fundraiser (after deciding to put all their cookie money towards the trip) a couple of weekends ago.  Eight girls/families participated and raised over $900 (a little over $100 per girl), again, a good thing though exhausting for the adults.  One thing that was really brought home during the yard sale was just how good my daughter is with little kids.  Surprisingly good.  She watched over and played with a couple of the younger siblings the entire morning and never flagged.  I'm going to investigate local babysitting courses, not so much for her to go babysitting in the neighborhood -- she's not ready for that -- but for Girl Scout/church "babysitting" events.  (One fundraiser closer to Christmas is going to be a "drop and shop" event:  The girls (with adult supervision) will watch your little one(s) while you go shopping locally.)

Note:  I just registered her for a Safe Sitter class in July.

The next weekend after the yard sale was the Executive Functioning Workshop.  The presenters were the authors of Late, Lost, and Unprepared.  My tasks came the two weeks or so before the workshop -- a lot of busy work, but since I haven't used my degrees in over 16 years, it wasn't too bad.  And I learned quite a bit about hosting a workshop, none of which is likely to get used in the near future as all the non-public-school co-sponsors are out of money.  However, I've got some ideas, for both fundraising and a new conference, that I'll put on the back burner for awhile.

Now I'm getting ready for my son's IEP meeting tomorrow.  Because we had a planning meeting a few weeks ago, tomorrow's meeting should go relatively smoothly -- just a few clarification questions about the draft that came home.  (Planning meetings are so useful, in my experience.  I go in with a much smaller team and work through all the points; they write a draft and get it to me early for review, and then when the actual IEP meeting is held, there are few surprises and little strife.)

However, there is one area that I don't think will be resolved tomorrow:  How will my son's IEP be implemented for all the summer assignments he'll have?  I don't believe in summer assignments in the first place, not anymore -- please tell me what university demands that students turn in an assignment for a grade on the first day of the semester?  It doesn't happen.  (OK, I've heard of it once, and it was shocking to all involved.)  It's not practice for the real world, and if you try to convince me that it's part of the college course for AP classes, I won't believe you.  My son has several IEP accommodations and a big goal to work on time management/executive functioning skills, yet he's left to flounder his way through summer assignments (which are sometimes easy enough to be of no concern (e.g., read a novel and log it) but have also been wickedly complex and/or unclear as to what the expectations are (go here to see what he had to complete the summer before 8th grade)).  He can't even get clarification from teachers because high school summer assignments in his experience haven't been finalized until the last day of school for teachers, who, no blame here, disappear for the summer.

That's tomorrow.  This coming weekend, I'm taking my daughter to my sister's in New Jersey.  My sister is planning a family picnic for the holiday, and I'm looking into what my daughter and I can do in Philadelphia or thereabouts.  More planning on that after tomorrow's meeting, but I am so looking forward to it!!

I'm also trying to fit in morning coffee dates with my friends before the end of school.  That and all my doctor appointments.  I have no liking for taking my children to their doctor appointments; I have no desire whatsoever to take my children to mine.  Then I just have to figure out what we're going to do all summer. 

For someone who didn't know how she was going to get her daughter through the school year, that last item isn't too bad.


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