Now it’s momma’s TIME TO SHINE!!!
August 29, 2011
Whew! First day of school! Finally. . .the summer fighting and endless exhausting activities and lack of structure is DONE! Now it’s momma’s time to shine and have some quiet time to myself! Wooooeeeeee! (Dancing a little jig of joy!)
Both boys started at a brand-new public charter school: Alianza Academy. There is only one class of each grade, and the first and second graders are in their own section of the building. The Executive Director and Principal are both former Waterford teachers and administrators, and the Alianza curriculum incorporates self-directed computer programs for each student (hybrid learning). The school currently offers through eighth grade, so we don’t have to worry about regular Middle/Junior High School for my two little budding nerds. Yay! They will probably have the option to stay with Alianza through High School, or we can see whether they want to choose a different High School once we get to ninth grade.
Whew. Here’s to hoping for a great year!
Both boys did awesome last year at East Sandy Elementary. Superboy had a blast in Kindergarten with his bestie BFF, and made a bunch of new friends as well. Hamhock made several friends last year, and *loved* his first grade teacher. He made incredible progress in reading, spelling & math!
The only bump in the road we had was during the last three months of school with a friend in his class. This friend’s OCD just kinda happened to clash with Isaac’s ASD. They started out as friends, but on a play-date here at our house (where Hamhock has a *really* hard time sharing toys/personal space/video games, etc) Hamhock got mad and punched him in the face. I was right there, had Hamhock apologize and take a time out, and tried as best I could to smooth things over. (The punch wasn’t strong – more like a close-fist slap, so his buddy just got a red mark with no bruising. But still, it was scary & hurt, of course. Hurmpf).
His buddy was obsessed about it at school and was also very understandably scared of Hamhock. Hamhock wanted to be his friend and play and joke with him at school again, but his buddy was not interested. That makes Hamhock obsessed about *why* his buddy isn’t interested and makes him act out even more. Finally, Hamhock, in trying to get some kind of reaction from him during recess while playing tag, “tagged” his buddy a little too hard on the face, which left a bruise under his eye.
Of course I didn’t hear anything about it from Hamhock, so his teacher told me what happened the next day. By that time the other mom got the principal involved, which totally freaked me out!! The principal was really great, though, by having both boys come to his office to talk it out and agree to not play with each other for a while. I touched base with the mom to smooth things over as well.
Unfortunately, Isaac with his ASD, and this other boy with his OCD, had no clue how to ignore each other. The only problem during the school day was at lunchtime and lunch recess, when there is no structure or organized activity, which is just the hardest for Hamhock to figure out what to do and how to act. So I decided to pull him out just for lunch and lunch recess for the remainder of the year.
It worked great! By pulling him out of that time period during his school day, it helped him “reset” his obsession with the other boy and totally chill out to find other friends. He finished the rest of the year with no problems at all, and I got some cute pictures of the last day of school. I also had him take a hip-hop class with another good buddy, which helped a ton.
Hamhock with buddies on the last day of first grade 2010-2011:
Eric and his best buddy on the last day of Kindergarten 2010-2011: