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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top 5 Teacher in America, John's YCAP Teacher

John's YCAP, (Young Children's Autism Program)Suzette, is a finalist for America's top teacher on Live with Kelly and Michael. I am so excited for her. She took John in when he was spending his time running up and down the halls of his former school. He did absolutely no work while in his first year of first grade. He was held back because he didn't do anything for the entire year. Not only that, but he would not talk to anyone outside of our immediate family. She got him to whisper and then talk out loud to other people. At John's ARD (individual education plan meeting) the other day, the people all laughed at the thought of John not speaking to anyone. He is the complete opposite now. She even had him in the general education classroom for most of the day. He was only in YCAP for the last half hour or so of the day to do the work he still refused to do in class. She is a wonderful teacher who pulls the best out of these special needs children. She moved to the Junior High to open a much needed Junior High CAP program when John entered third grade. When sent back to our neighborhood school where he was before he once again had the teachers wrapped around his little finger. He would sit and do nothing all day. There were times, they told me, that he had four teachers around him trying to get him to do work or calm down. A four to one ratio is unsustainable when it is four teachers to one student. John was moved to another YCAP program half way through the year. His teacher now is also wonderful, but John still only spends a little time now and then, when he is behaving, in the science and math general education classroom. This link is a local news story on her. She will be appearing on Live with Kelly and Michael in May 2nd and the winner will be announced on May 6th. I'm sure all top 5 deserve to be the winner but I really hope Suzette wins. She definately has worked hard for it. Oh, and I forgot, John attended summer camp one year and she got him to swim enough to get to the side of the pool. This is a huge feat considering that John is terrified of water. When we turn on the sink in the kitchen he runs away with his ears covered. Bath's are impossible and showers are difficult. The funny thing is John will take a shower even though it is running water (which is the worst for him), get in a pool although he clings to the side, but he refuses to sit in a bathtub.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Another Trip to the Emergency Room

Last week was really crazy.  It started a week ago Friday. I got a call from the school in the morning saying that Daniel said his tummy hurt so the nurse had him lay down and he slept for a little while.  Later, on that afternoon Daniel threw up during STAAR testing.  I asked him where he threw up, he said, "trash".  I answered, "Oh, the trash can.  That is good."  I talked to his language teacher later and she told me he threw up twice.  Once all over her desk and once in the trash can. So the virus begins.

Saturday he was fine, and then the next day he got the runs.  I did really well.

Monday I started not feeling so great but didn't say anything about it, just rested.  That evening John threw up in a corner of the hall upstairs.  Ew...Of course I got the joy of taking care of the big stuff.  Rob cleaned the rest up with the carpet cleaner.  I couldn't do very much because the smell made my not quite right stomach want to empty itself as well.  There isn't anything worse then having to clean up regurgitation while your own stomach is churning already.

Tuesday, John, Derrick (my nephew who was staying with us for a little while) and I kind of moped around.  I thought John was doing fine and was looking forward to sending him back to school.  Wednesday morning at 3 a.m. John started complaining his heart hurt.  He rubbed his chest and whine about every 15 minutes.  When the doctor's office opened I called for an appointment, but it wouldn't be until 4:20 in the afternoon. 

After another hour of John's whining I decided to cancel the appointment and take him to the urgent care center.  John was telling me I needed to call 911.  I was pretty sure it wasn't a heart attack.  I gave him tums because I thought it was heartburn.  They didn't work.

Anyway, I took him to urgent care.  There wasn't anyone in the waiting room.  I talked to the lady at the window but she said that they couldn't take care of it and told me to go to Texas Children's West Campus emergency room.  So we went, and signed in, and saw the nurse.  I told her that I wasn't terribly worried but I wasn't waiting all day with him complaining at me.  John can be really annoying when he wants something.

About three and half hours later, after John was more then ready to leave and begging me to just go home, we were called back.  They did a chest x-ray and an EKG.  The EKG came back as something wrong.  The doctor and I were like,"Who knew?"  She told me to make an appointment with the cardiologist for Friday.  So we went home and I made the appointment for 9 am on Friday.

John went to school on Thursday feeling great. Also, the cardiology people wanted John to come in a 7:30 am for an echo cardiogram.

 Friday morning, John got the runs.  I figure it must be part of whatever virus we had because it cleared up really fast.  I didn't really know what to do because I didn't think they would answer the phone at 6:30 in the morning.  We ended up being a little late because I had to clean up the bathroom and John had to take a shower.

The echo cardiogram looks a lot like an ultrasound.  It was really cool to watch but John was grossed out.  We were almost done when I got a panicked call from Rob.  He had turned off the alarm and slept through everything Daniel needed to do to go to school and Daniel was gone!  He begged me to call the school and asked if I needed the number.  I have it memorized.  I've had kids in that elementary since we moved here 15 years ago.  I called and Daniel was fine in class.  Go Daniel!  He got himself up, fed, dressed and went to the bus when it came to the door without any help.  I did put out his bowl, spoon, medicine, and clothes, so it was the normal routine for him.  He told me he didn't even try to wake up his dad.  My kids are terrified of waking up their dad. problem.  I get awoken for the minorist of things, but not dad for the major.

Back to the cardiologist.  Somehow Rob was able to make it to the appointment just as the doctor was arriving.  All the tests were normal.  Nothing is wrong with John's heart.  The cardiologist chalked it up to an electrode being placed incorrectly or the virus causing a little problem.  Whew!  All that trouble for a virus!

Oh, and just to make our morning more interesting,  Rob turned on the alarm as he left with the motion detector.  He had forgotten Derrick was there and didn't know the code or the password.  When Rob rushed back and turned off the alarm, it actually went off for a few seconds.  Rob didn't stick around for the alarm company to call.  So for a few minutes we had to worry of some police officer was going to show up and drag Derrick off to jail.  Rob called the alarm company on his cell phone and everything worked out.

Like I said, a crazy week.

FHE Book of Mormon Stories Verse Seven-Samuel the Lamanite

Family Home Evening

Book of Mormon Stories Verse Seven

Materials: Paper wads or sock balls, something for arrows (one time I cut them out of paper), Something high to stand on (we had a fireplace hearth but the couch or a chair would do).  Flannel board pictures. Or you could use building blocks and little people for the characters.

Over the years I have created or picked up different ways to tell Samuel the Lamanite.   (It is part of our Christmas traditions to tell the Book of Mormon part of the nativity two Mondays before Christmas and then tell the Bible part on the Monday before Christmas.)

One is with the flannel board pictures from The Friend December 1995.  I added a "Nephite" city that I drew (It was very all drawn with a ruler) and a picture of Mary with her baby.

We act it out sometimes in family home evening or use some stick puppets that were in The Friend several years ago. 

While I was Primary President I drew poster board size settings for the story. (Every now and then things I draw come out pretty good.  The talent comes and goes. It is kind of strange.)  I cut out the picture of Samuel and had him jump off the wall and run away.  I cut out a sun and a moon, put a paperclip on the back and then used a huge magnet to make them go across the sky for the day a night and a day.

And then there is always the Scripture Reader and its video.


Sing and teach the seventh verse of Book of Mormon Stories.

Read the story of Samuel the Lamanite from the Scripture Reader, watch the video or read Helaman 13-15.

Samuel the Lamanite was a Righteous man. He went to Zarahemla to teach the Nephites. He told them to repent. The Nephites would not listen to Samuel. They made him leave. God told him to go back and teach them. The Nephites would not let him in their city. He stood on the wall.

Samuel told the Nephites God had sent him. He told them to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. If they would not repent, God would punish them. He said Jesus Christ would be born in five years. The people in America would know when Jesus Christ was born near Jerusalem. On the night before he was born it would not get dark. It would be light for a day. a night, and a day. The people would also see a new star. Then they would know that Jesus Christ was born.

Samuel also said Jesus Christ would die. He told the people it would be dark for three days in America. The sun, moon, and stars would not shine. There would be bad storms. The earth would shake. Mountains would fall down. Cities would be destroyed. Many people would die.

Many Nephites did not believe Samuel. They threw rocks and shot arrows at him. God Would not let them hit him. The people tried to catch Samuel. He ran away to his own land. He never came back to the Nephites.

Some Nephites believed Samuel. They repented and were baptized. Some of the Nephites and Lamanites stayed righteous. But most were wicked. They would not believe in Jesus Christ. The wicked people said Samuel was wrong. The five years had almost ended. Jesus Christ had not been born.

Nephi was a Nephite. He was a leader of the Church. (Explain that he was not the first Nephi.)

The wicked people said they would kill the righteous people when the five years had ended. Nephi prayed for the people who believed in Jesus Christ. He did not want them to die.

God told Nephi not to worry. That night it would not get dark. Jesus Christ would be born to the next day.

That night the sun went down. But it did not get dark. It was light all night. The next day Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is near Jerusalem. The people in America saw a new star. Samuel's words had come true.

For acting out, make sure no one actually hits Samuel with the socks or arrows.  Sometimes siblings just don't work for that.  It depends on how old they are and how mischievous.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Daniel's Writing

I just got a pile of Daniel's work from school. In it were some of the writing he has been doing at school. They have been practicing narratives. His prompts are: Where were you? Who were you with? First, Next, Finally, I learned... These are in no particular order because there were no dates.

#1 Do you remember something special about kindergarten? I do, let me tell you about it.

First, my teacher was Ms. Flamm. I like Miss Flamm because she is nice and she taught me nice things.

Next, my friends were Zachary S. and Zachary P.

Finally, I remember playing game.

These are the special things that I remember about kindergarten.

#2 Do you have a favorite activity that you do at home? I do. Let me tell you about my favorite activity I do at home. My favorite activity I do at home and why it is my favorite. My favorite activity is playing outside.

#3 If I could go on a trip, I would like to visit...(Why would I like to go to the place?) Have you ever wanted to go somewhere? I have. I want to go to the Houston Rodeo.

I would like to go to the Houston Rodeo because it has horses, hogs, and cowboys.

I like to see horses because the horses are fast. I would also like to see the hogs because hogs are dangerous. Finally, I would like to see cowboys twirl their ropes.

The Houston Rodeo is where I would like to go.

#4 Sometimes I feel frustrated when... Have you ever felt frustrated? I have. Let me tell you about it. Sometimes I feel frustrated when my mind gose blank. When this happen I slam my head with my hand. I want to yell. I want to scream. All of these thing help my frustration.

#5 The subject I most like at school is... (Why do I like this subject?) Have you ever had a favorite subject at school? I have. Let me tell you about it.

My favorite subject is reading. I like reading because I can read a book and do an activity that deals with the book. One of my favorite books to read is Lightning Thief, because it has exciting parts that are filled with action.

This is why reading is my favorite subject.