Thursday, May 5, 2011

Yeah I'm THAT kind of Mom

It's hard to believe Kindergarten is behind us. I mean, school is not over, but the testing is done this week and Kindergarden graduation is next week, so for all practical purposes, it's a done deal.

We had our IEP this week. Wow. No behavior goals for next year because none are needed. Can you freaking be-LIEVE it? To be ready for first grade, teachers want them to test above 90 on a level 4-5. Curt tested 92 at level 9 and 90 at level 10! (No, I really don't know what that means as I haven't seen the test, but I know it's damned good!)

He is still scoring low on the DIBEL test, but it is based much on language, from what I understand, so that is not surprising.

So, we needed to decide (as a team) how much academic time he will spend in the regular classroom and how much do we want him to receive resource services.

Our answer might surprise you.

He is going to be in the standard classroom for math (appears to be his strongest area), science and social studies, but we recommended he go to resourse for reading, spelling and language. (Reading is 45 minutes in first grade as opposed to 15 minutes in Kindergarten.) Yes, husband and I actually requested this.

What I thought would be the kiss of death for him has been the best thing. He would not be where he is academically if not for the one-on-one and small group help. The Resource (special ed for you newbies) is WONDERFUL and truly loves him. This school is wonderful for him.

The year ended in a way I could not have believed in August.

He was named Citizen of the Month for April. (Bottom row, far right)

I never thought I'd be the kind of person who would put their child's bumper sticker award (they do magnets now) on my car. You know, "My child is an honor student at blankety-blank school." I mean, come on, how hokey is that? Yet, it's there.

"My child is a Citizen of the Month at DES."

Ready or not, first grade -- here we come.