Strict Standards: Non-static method serendipity_plugin_api::hook_event() should not be called statically in /homepages/31/d88100638/htdocs/serendipity91/serendipity/include/functions_smarty.inc.php on line 92

Strict Standards: Non-static method serendipity_plugin_api::get_event_plugins() should not be called statically in /homepages/31/d88100638/htdocs/serendipity91/serendipity/include/plugin_api.inc.php on line 746


Strict Standards: Non-static method serendipity_plugin_api::hook_event() should not be called statically in /homepages/31/d88100638/htdocs/serendipity91/serendipity/include/functions_smarty.inc.php on line 92

Strict Standards: Non-static method serendipity_plugin_api::get_event_plugins() should not be called statically in /homepages/31/d88100638/htdocs/serendipity91/serendipity/include/plugin_api.inc.php on line 746

We survived the first semester........

.........barely. It has been a rough go but we finished it. Many things could have been better, stress could have been less but we have learned from the experience and are already buried in semester 2. Doing the online school program for three kids was hard but I had no idea the physical, emotional and mental drain adding just one more student to the mix would bring. They all need me at the same time and trying to accomplish the daily requirements for each kid is impossible so we rely a lot on evenings and weekends to get everything done. Throw in there a kid that needs extra help staying on task, starting and completing assignments and has trouble with getting thoughts to paper, another that easily gets overwhelmed and shuts down and a third that often has trouble seeing what they are supposed to be doing due to visual aura migraines (which have been really bad this month) and you have a recipe for long days some of which are overflowing with frustration for everyone. Portfolios, projects and papers fall behind. We had a lot to accomplish the last month of school and in reality we should have worked most of the week the kids had off from school but we chose to have company instead. Despite promising to work on school even with company here, the kids were not able to focus on it and the demands of trying to successfully do lessons and the activities and demands of the holidays became difficult to balance and I ended up pulled in so many directions unable to please some folks despite giving more than I really had left to give. I felt nothing was done well and was left feeling very defeated at the start of the New Year.

We had to pull long days for the first 3 weeks of the year and we didn't do much other than school to try and get caught up because instead of doing school on days where nothing new was being added over the break, we were having to do the regular daily lessons plus the ones needing to be done to get caught up and that was difficult. There were days at the end of the semester that I didn't really leave "my spot" and the kids just rotated in and out. Most things got completed and most grades reflected the ability of the kids. For the one that it didn't in one or two subjects, it was a great learning experience (great is likely pushing it so perhaps it would would be best just to call it a learning experience). We are now into the second semester and I would love to say that we are on track and everything is good, but alas that is not the case. AJ had strep and LJ's migraines have progressed to the next level (pain and nausea and vomiting) so we have lost days to illness. AJ has also had some testing through school to provide information as they look to see if he has a specific learning disability. I am not hopeful that we will get definite answers to his learning differences as he seems to have more subtle learning differences that what the questionnaires and tests are looking at. We now will wait about a month to get results back. He works really hard, stays focused and is able to handle the 3 hours of testing with the specialists he has worked with so far which from conversation with both his examiners I concluded is a rare treat for them. The testing is necessary in the process but again takes days out of our schedule that prevent me from working with the other kids on their school. That all adds up to difficulty keeping on track. We will continue to plug along and are hoping to be able to take a well needed break from school at some point int he near future. I think we all could really use it.

Trackbacks

    No Trackbacks

Comments

Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)

    No comments


Add Comment



Strict Standards: Non-static method serendipity_plugin_api::hook_event() should not be called statically in /homepages/31/d88100638/htdocs/serendipity91/serendipity/include/functions_smarty.inc.php on line 92

Strict Standards: Non-static method serendipity_plugin_api::get_event_plugins() should not be called statically in /homepages/31/d88100638/htdocs/serendipity91/serendipity/include/plugin_api.inc.php on line 746
Enclosing asterisks marks text as bold (*word*), underscore are made via _word_.
Standard emoticons like :-) and ;-) are converted to images.
E-Mail addresses will not be displayed and will only be used for E-Mail notifications

To prevent automated Bots from commentspamming, please enter the string you see in the image below in the appropriate input box. Your comment will only be submitted if the strings match. Please ensure that your browser supports and accepts cookies, or your comment cannot be verified correctly.
CAPTCHA

 
 


Strict Standards: Non-static method serendipity_plugin_api::hook_event() should not be called statically in /homepages/31/d88100638/htdocs/serendipity91/serendipity/include/functions_smarty.inc.php on line 92

Strict Standards: Non-static method serendipity_plugin_api::get_event_plugins() should not be called statically in /homepages/31/d88100638/htdocs/serendipity91/serendipity/include/plugin_api.inc.php on line 746