Friday, January 18, 2013

Today is Friday


The Daily Planner

 The Daily Planner

Every day, I've been writing up a giant worksheet for Chase.  I use the backside of a desk calendar.  But large format paper, like butcher paper would do.

I keep the same information, Day of the week, yesterday, tomorrow, with the dates written under.  Then we have the word and the number of the day.  Which he has separate worksheets for.

In addition to those, I add in some relevant assignment.  I look through his assignments for the day and add in drawings or activities, or problems for him to figure out.  Today was a Chapter review for following directions.  He misread the directions, so went back and corrected his mistakes.

Following directions
 He seems to like the daily planner and it helps him remember what day of the week it is and reiterates the month and year.  I write them in different ways "January|Jan.|1", so he recognizes all forms.  I've been working him mostly on rhyming, calendar/days and money and handwriting.  Chase does really well at reading and enjoys anything with drawings.  But he needs a lot of practice on the others.  We're only planning to home school for Kindergarten.  So need to make sure he is ready for the first grade.

Today is Friday
 Next week, he will be evaluated by NISEC to see if he qualifies for special needs enrollment in school.  Because of his misbehavior in the school setting, the school staff felt special needs placement might work better for him.  Since he does well on a one on one setting.  He needs to do more independent work.  The assessment is to determine whether or not he has any learning disorder or disability.  Which, I do not believe is the case.  I think he was not adapting well to the school environment , mostly because he learned early on that if he misbehaved, he got sent home.  Which was what he wanted.

 So, our goal is to get him better socialized.  Right now, we're sharing a vehicle with Kevin's father.  Hopefully, with tax returns, we will be able to purchase our own car and have the freedom to travel to social events for Chase.

It has been a lot of stress, but the home school has been less stressful than dealing with 2 months of suspensions.  Chase was facing possible expulsion for his disruptive behavior.  He is happy again and no longer fighting us on everything.