October 23, 2007 by Marj Hatzell
Everything. I am one blessed individual. I have a great life, great husband, great kids, great opportunities, great friends, great family. I am one lucky Domestic Goddess.
IEP month is over. Bugaboo’s was two weeks ago and Bug Boy’s was this morning. Darling even attended the IEP (first time ever, but mostly because I threw a fit) and even SPOKE AT THE MEETING. At the end, but he DID make comments. Wanna know why I feel so good right now? Bug Boy has a great teacher, great support staff, a speech therapist who understands him, an OT that is patient and kind, administration that treats me like an important member of Bug Boy’s team and a school where I feel he will excel. The kid is acing the Dolch List. He is reading chapter books. He tells our third-grade neighbor what to write on his homework. But Bug Boy’s reading comprehension and writing skills? Less than first grade. After less than two months in his current classroom he is above average in comprehension and ON TARGET for writing. That, my friends, is the result of a hard-working teacher who is aware of her students and their individual needs. Bug Boy comes home happy, well-regulated, eager to do his homework. He is smiling. My boy smiles. He loves school.
This is such a blessing! A child who shared the same thirst for knowledge that I have. A child who has to read EVERY. BOOK. ON. THE. PLANET. A child who has to be told fourteen times to put the friggin’ book down and go to bed already. A child who will no doubt be a perpetual student (like his mother, but let’s hope he gets the Bachelor’s done in less than four majors, nine years and 120 extra credits, mmkay?). A life-long learner.
Now, I know he can derail. But the foundation? It’s there. He is ready for it, he is HUNGRY for it. I love to see that. We have worked diligently to get him back on track and he is there. I am so excited for him.