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Sunday, July 19, 2009

She immediately went to her closet, dug out her backpack, found her school shoes, put them on and went to the door.

Maddie heads off to summer school tomorrow and to say she's excited is a drastic understatement.
When we told her this afternoon about school, she immediately went to her closet, dug out her backpack, found her school shoes, put them on and went to the door.
She. Was. Ready.
It took a bit of smooth talking to convince her she needed to wait until tomorrow morning.
I wish I had her enthusiasm.
I'm glad she's going to be getting this little bit of help this summer, but quite frankly the ground she has lost will take a lot more than a couple of hours every day for a week to regain.
The blame lies squarely on our shoulders. With the move and all the chaos that's followed, we haven't so much as picked up a book for the last six weeks. Finally I asked Anya to sit down with Maddie on Friday and work with her on writing her name. We've got to do something for the poor kid.
Of course the area she's lost most ground on is her speech. Her language is still growing...but the speech patterns are slipping...a LOT. We were going to see about getting a speech pathologist to work with her this summer, but our health insurance doesn't go into effect for a couple more weeks. And we certainly can't afford to pay for it out of pocket.
I hope we can double up this fall between the insurance and the school, although it will be a little tricky to coordinate their services to make sure they compliment each other.
So Maddie head's off to school tomorrow...as temporary as it may be.
I'd let you know how it goes, but I honestly don't know who to call and check with. She's getting bussed to a different school in a different town for this little experiment. I have no idea who will be her teacher, where exactly she'll be and what they'll be working on. (because Mr. Not-so-friendly couldn't tell me a few weeks ago...and hasn't exactly been going out of his way to help us.)
I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

3 salty messages:

Annie July 20, 2009 at 5:28 AM  

Well, you have a lot to be grateful for! Maddie's enthusiasm, for one! What if she were like my Ilya and "reluctant" to go to school (to put it mildly)? And, do not blame yourself. You have not been at the salon having your nails done! You've been very busy with choiced that you believe are best for your family. You can't do every good thing. AND - "All things work for good for those who love God."

Rachael July 20, 2009 at 7:32 AM  

I hope it goes well today!

Tina in CT July 20, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

You have had quite a plateful so don't blame yourself.

Maddie's eager enthusiasm will help her as she's so eager to learn.

Think positive!

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