Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I'm glad that meeting turned out okay. And maybe there is a shred of hope that 4th grade will be much better? I can tell you this, I had a really rocky time in 3rd and 4th grade. I was a really compliant, high functioning student who just had a rocky time (personality clashes with those two teacher did not help). 5th grade was a little better and 6th was my favorite (of course, we didn't transition to middle school in my town, so it was probabaly like what 5th grade is now). Sometimes tough times, and getting through tough times, can actually be a really good experience for a person. Maybe at some point, you could help L see he's a stronger person for having made it through the other side of 3rd grade!

We start summer break next week, my kids will spend this week at daycare while I finish out my contract (today is the last official day), take care of appointments, and pack up my office (my classroom is moving). I am hoping to get a daily routine going,as well as chore charts. I'm also going to read 123 Magic to try and help our little guy with some boundaries. I look forward to some of your summer ideas, I'm going to need them! Brenna's always asking if we can do an "experiment" and I need to say yes at some point!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You always have such a wise perspective, Omaha--I think just getting through something can be a triumph in and of itself!

We've launched "summer science" over at our house this past weekend. Check back tomorrow for a fun science experiment we did at home...

mouse's picture mouse

I've decided to give us this week off from a schedule. I know that I have to put one together for Scooter, but I haven't gotten myself into gear for that yet. (Plus we're trying to figure out Trillian's schedule--she may have some contract work, but how many hours and when has not been decided yet.) Maybe I'll introduce the science fair books I got at the library to him and see if any of those strike his fancy--we could do paper airplanes without any stocking up.

Last summer, we had him in a daycare for the summer, on the advice of his OT since that program had plenty of motor skill activities. This year, we're breaking up the summer with two special day camps and maybe some swimming lessons. And lots of playdates. I should go look up some phone numbers.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

It's true. Your family now has the perspective of "If we can make it through that, we can take on the world!". Kind of like that. If 4th grade is any better, there will be a huge appreciation too.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It sounds like a good summer is in store, mouse. I'm always envious when parents can get their child enrolled in camps and activities. L. won't do anything at all--nothing that is even slightly associated with other people (teams, clubs, groups, playdates) which of course rules out just about everything! But we're coming up with some busy activities--and T. has a lot going on this summer, which is good for her.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You're so right, Omaha--we'll make that our family creed!

the_tars's picture the_tars

Our IEP/ARD meeting have been excellent so far. We've been on the same page and they have willingly given her appropriate placement and services. I know this will likely change a bit as she moves forward academically and the structure gets more rigid, but so far, so good. (knock on wood!)

I'm SO glad your meeting went well and I hope that 4th is a MUCH better year than 3rd was for you guys.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks--I'm so glad your experience has gone well! My fingers are SO VERY crossed for next year.