I just logged in to see how long it's been since I last posted, and was SHOCKED to see it's been over a month! WOW! Needless to say, we've been busy busy busy around here!
Bug finished up her first year on the Challengers Baseball team, enjoying a nice trophy at the end which even had a girl on it instead of a boy. My, how things have changed since I was a kid. :) In case I've not mentioned the Challenger team before, it's a baseball team of kids with various physical or mental "challenges" that keep them from playing regular baseball. They have assistants (other kids without special needs) who can help them hit, run, or just about anything they might need. It's all in fun, and you play when you feel like it and that's about it. Bug had a great time and really enjoyed playing a sport that she normally can't. It's just too bad that there aren't Challenger teams here for other sports, like Soccer.
We have also now finished summer school. During that 4 week period she made it through every day (a day was 3 hours) and kept on task with the other kids. She didn't even use the laptop at all! Now, there are several reasons for this I am sure. First, it was a much shorter day. Secondly, they didn't do much writing at all, it was mostly reading based, therefor when she did need fine motor skills she had the energy. I was really excited to talk to her teacher at the end of the session and hear all of this, because it's just more information to take to our IEP meeting next month. Bug loved summer school, wants to go back next year, and is constantly asking when regular class will be starting again. This is NOT a child who is lazy and avoiding class, ya know? I just hope that we can get a better plan in place that will help her make it through the days and challenge her brain this year.
We also have now finished our HIPPO therapy and really enjoyed it. We can't wait to go back next year, and if we can possibly squeeze in some private lessons this summer we might do that. But for now, we're done, and our summer is still pretty busy, so I am not sure it's going to happen. :) We also finished vocal lessons, which Bug will do again in the fall. She loves them, and we're taking them from our music teacher so she is great about not forcing her to do piano too (hurts her fingers) and also about letting her sit for the whole lesson. (a lot of students stand, it's better for singing). We had a great time and it's nice that we've found something else that Bug likes and is able to do!
We're still working on typing, right now our goal is 15 minutes a day, but some days we do none, and some we do more. I don't pressure her to do it, because I don't want to make it into a negative thing. This way she is still enjoying it, which I think is important. We are also still reading daily, and trying to do some "homework", although I haven't quite gotten my act together on that. LOL School starts in 5 weeks, and I firmly believe the more I can keep my kids on track the easier it will be on them.
In between all of that and all of her brother's activities, we've had a family vacation, and spent LOTS of time at the pool! We've been having a great time, and love the fact that Bug can sleep as long as she wants right now. I think that will be the hardest part when school starts up again, all of the breaks on the "as I need them" basis will be harder to get, and certainly the sleeping until she needs to on any given day will be. Oh well, we do the best we can. :)
Till next time!