2011…A new year, a new start. 🙂 With luck, and pray, 2011 is to be a year of BIG changes for our family. Only time will tell, but I am full of anticipation and thus energy and have to do something.
A mood of anticipation drives me well; it embodies me to make changes, get off my butt and challenges me. This list is not exhaustive, some ideas are still too fluid in my mind to express, and some will develop out of other changes; but these are the basic, starter set, a jumping off point.
The first goal of 2011, while by no means a BIG difference from 2010 is more a “push into growing”. In truth, many of the other ‘changes” could be seen a sub-set of this umbrella “change”. Most change is growth and it is a slow process; but it can be encouraged and “pushed”. My first goal for 2011 is a more structured day / more intentional approach to school. These are not exactly the same thing, but they are still hard to totally separate. The boys are so young, and so “school” is either all of our day, or no part of our day – based on how you want to view it. For example we read at least twice a day, that is either “school time” or not depending on how you frame it, but it is a core of our day. Thus, I am not going to split hairs on the “more structured day” vs. “the more intentional approach to school” goal(s).
Mainly we need a more structured approach to our time; we just are not getting done all I’d like to see done. The boys are not getting all the opportunities I’d like to be able to “expose them to”. It is all momma, lazy momma. As the boys’ age I feel (personally) that we need a day with a bit more meat to it; especially as we face the fact that Big Brother will be legally kindergarten age in the fall. (not that we are worried about THAT, but it is a ‘milestone’ to be aware of). Also the are both blooming right now; and I really know in my heart I should be feeding the growth more than I am. This is a wok in progress and I realize it is 95% momma; not the boys.
Changes in the works:
Little will be going to classroom 2x a week. This fall semester he attended the local school district’s preschool one day a week for 2 hours. His speech delay is effecting his communication much more than Big Brother’s delay has ever effected him. Thus the decision was made to put Little Brother in the classroom 2x a week, 2 hours each time, to allow him more time with the SLP and also to allow him more time with the Special Education teacher on communication skills. This is a trial. Monday is the new day; Monday and Thursday’s from 8:30 to 10:30. we will have to see how this goes before we decide for sure to keep it (frankly I am still on the fence about the boys being in the local pre-school at all, not the team, our team is great, but there are issues and on a fundamental level I am still troubled by it).
Little Brother is also going to have a full, private, speech and communication assessment at Childserve where Big Brother goes to OT). we held off till he vas three for this assessment despite the fact there is no question he is delayed (maybe more so than Big Brother as far as communication is considered); but under three it seems a bit silly to try too much assessment; I knew he simply would not cooperate and so nothing would be gained.
Daily (6 days a week goal) practice. We are going to work on mastery of the material I have and that the local library has. I talked some about this here. I am also going to make tiles (3 inch by 3 inch) of all the ASL letter signs (we already have tiles like that of all the written letters, both capital and lower case) to add to our letter collection. Then we can all practice out ASL alphabet in memory and matching games like we currently work on capital and low case matches and sound matches.