Archive for October, 2012

National Chemistry Week


It’s National Chemistry Week so I’m sharing ACS’s new series of videos called “Bit Sized Science”:

Assessment Data


Here is the assessment for DS2’s evaluation at 7 months, October 4, 2012. This was his first assessment and he was evaluated by an OT and Speech therapist for about 1 hour.

Gross Motor: 2-3 mo (atypical)
Fine Motor: 4-5 mo (atypical)
Cognition: 4 mo with scatter to 7 mo
Receptive Communication: 4-6 mo
Expressive Communication: 6 mo
Self Help/Adaptive: 7 mo
Social Emotional: 6 mo
Part C Vision Sceening: monitor
Part C Hearing Screening: no concern

School Days


Here is what our days look like right now:

– Read “Dick and Jane” to mom (finished), now read “Forsmann Reading” textbook
– Write in English & Español (this coming week we’ll practice everyones name in the family)
– Math Activities (our new spine is “Math on the Level”)
– Practice violin
– Mom read “Wind in the Willows”
– Mom reads religious stories that apply to our History lessons
– Mom reads the “Usborne History Encyclopedia”
– Mom reads science books related to our bi-weekly science topic
– DS1 gets 30 minutes of media time but it has to be educational on school days.

Afternoon Activities

– History/Science Group (we rotate these every other week.  We are studying Medieval History & following “Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding” for science)

– Violin 
– Teakwondo  (Andrew Gause Martial Arts)

– Woods of Wonder Forest School

– 4-H Explores (Every other Week) or Errands
– Teakwondo

– Garden and/or Science and/or Buddhist Studies and/or Errands

Some Resources DS1 is using for Media time:
– Electric Company (netflix)
– Touch Physics iPad App
– Math Evolve iPad App

Evaluation Day


What an emotionally taxing day. DS2 had his developmental evaluation for early intervention by the county. I feel a bit emotionally numb. What they said was consistant with what we’ve observed but so hard to hear and see in writing. Also, some of his delays have been labelled more severe then I realized. He should be rolling and rolling over well at this point, he’s not. He should have visible muscle tone between his shoulders on his back, he doesn’t. His movements are abnormally jerky. He has trouble grabbing for what he wants. He’s much further from sitting up then I expected based on their evaluation. On a positive, he displayed a normal 7 month old behavior when he cried both times (completely crushed) when the evaluator took away the toy she gave him. He engages well but it isn’t clear to me why they have him listed as cognitively delayed, something I hadn’t registered until reviewing the paperwork this afternoon at home. Like I said, rough day. I’m hoping I feel better tomorrow. My boys need me present. My older depends on me for not only love and care but schooling and my little guy needs all the attention I can give him. “Greater Powers that be, give me strength!”