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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Luke's teacher/Job Update

It was an insane week last week with my job. I learned a lot about government and politics. I wasn't too happy about it either. Nothing is ever about the kids, but about making sure the school district doesn't get sued. Honestly I am quite disappointed with my job. It was nothing like I thought it would be. It is more about paperwork than kids. The kids are wonderful but very challenging. They should be the top priority in the district but they are not (their paperwork is). The teacher before me did nothing with the kids and never collected any data. I had to write two IEP's and hold meetings on kids I didn't even know. By the skin of my teeth I pulled it off, but I am sure my blood presure was up last week. But I am only signed to be employed through June 18 and then I am done. I won't be returning. I plan on stealing as many good ideas and resources that I can for my files.

As if the stress of last week wasn't enough, I had a call from Luke's teacher about his placement next year for kindergarten. She is considering wanting to put him in a developmental kindergarten. I couldn't believe what I was hearing because Luke has the skills and cognitive ability to be in regular ed, but not the attention span (which I agree). What I don't understand and don't agree with is why placing him in a self-contained classroom would benefit him at all. I also don't think regular kindergarten will work either. His lack of attention and 25 kids to one teacher will lead to behavior problems. So, it looks like I am going to be his teacher next year. I thought about private school, but most of the teachers will not have the education that I have and I would be having to tutor him too. So, I am going to school him at home with socialization built into his school day (sports, playgroups, homeschool resources, swimming, etc.) Mark and I have been talking, and he is going to build me a school room in our garage. It won't be through the whole garage but through about 1/3. He is going to put in a window too. I am excited at this prospect. So we will see.

Our 9th Anniversary!!!!

We decided to go to Long Beach for our anniversary. We took Luke and Grace too. I don't know if it is all the years of not being able to have kids, but sometimes I just want them close to me. We had a great day. We took the car (which is something that hasn't happened for a long time because we had more than two kids) and drove to the beach. The beach was pretty and stormy. It rained, but I always like it when it rains. It reminds me of right after we got married. Mark took me to Long Beach. On the way to the beach Mark had me look in the glove compartment. I found a jewlrey box. He has had this thing lately of just randomly surprising me with jewlrey. I opened the box to find a beautiful pair of emeraly and diamond earings. I was shocked because I wasn't expecting anything. We had a great day!

The Kids Were Spoiled Rotten

Well. . .the kids were offically spoiled rotten during Christmas. They got so many gifts that I had to put some away for their birthdays. We all had a wonderful time and enjoyed seeing our Uncle D (my brother David). Time just seems to fly by. Luke's big present was a tool bench and the tools in the picture went with it. Gracie's big present was a princess bike complete with matching knee and elbow pads and a new bike. Mark got motor bike boots for his dirt bike. I got a new sewing machine, perfume and gifts cards. My mom also surprised me with a COACH bag. I too felt a little spoiled.
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