Thursday, September 19, 2013

Calls from School

I love the school the girls attend.

I’ve received two calls from the school in the past week regarding Olivia and both calls were good. As in, they weren’t calling me to discuss disciplinary problems or potty accidents or concerns.

They were calling because school has been in session for a whole month and they wanted to check in and let me know that Olivia is a delight in class. I know, right? Can you even stand the sweetness of that?

The first call was from her actual teacher. She told me that O is talking to her and the aide in the class. She said that Olivia doesn’t always talk but she does actually reply to direct questions. Ladies and gentlemen, we have progress.

She also said that Olivia is right on par with her peers academically. I can’t tell you how much that warms my heart. I know Olivia is smart but I also know that she doesn’t always show it to everyone.

The only concern is that Olivia doesn’t test well. She especially doesn’t test well on timed tests. She gets flustered and stressed and her processing slows way down and she just sort of shuts down completely.

But you know what? There are a lot of really smart people out there who don’t test well. We can work around this.

The other person who called was O’s special ed teacher. She spends about fifteen minutes each morning and a half hour each afternoon with Olivia and this is her third year working with O. Which means that Olivia knows her, has built a sense of trust with her and TALKS to her. This teacher also said that Olivia is right where they want her to be academically.

Olivia is actually reading to this teacher and answering questions about the stories they read together.

That’s my girl! I’m so proud of her. I can’t wait to go home and hug her and tell her how great she is. She hears that a lot but it will be nice to be able to tell her that I know this because of the calls, the confirmation from her teachers that she’s doing the work and learning and involved in her own education.

The special ed teacher was thrilled to hear that Olivia is taking gymnastics, she agrees with me that it’s a good extracurricular activity for Olivia, both physically and socially.

She said that O is working with a new aide in the special ed class and was happy to report that Olivia talks to this aide even after only a few weeks. This is progress too.

We like progress.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In the ups and downs of raising the ups and downs of surviving, with your entire mind intact,the years of raising children, you with your quest to know your girls and stand ready to are amazing! Just want to remind you that God has a purpose in your life with Tom...and someday you will see the total glory of it all! All mothers aren't often aware of how much they have a bearing on their children in the formative years. It is a pleasure to read your blog and smile...or cry...with you! :) Happy to know you!