I feel like I haven’t shared Olivia’s progress in school with you lately…and grade cards just came out so I thought now would be a great time!
Superb is how Olivia describes her work. Isn’t that awesome? She did really well on her grade card. Her classroom teacher wrote that she enjoys Olivia’s sense of humor and that she is so glad she’s part of their class. I love it! Olivia has had a wonderful sense of humor ever since she was very little. It was one of the first ways I knew she was “in” there.
Here is one of her science assignments. She LOVES science. That was another anecdote on her grade card. Her classroom teacher said she did a great job explaining concepts with magnets and friction. She amazes me. Her aide said she did this assignment all by herself. All Mrs. D did was read the information to her and help her glue it on. She knew where each part should go. I might have had to look up most of this info!
Olivia also really struggles with handwriting. Her fingers just don’t want to work that way! Enter the ipad, right? However, at school they are still working on her being able to write her first name so she can have a signature. She’s starting to do really well with the O. It’s not as big as it used to be and it’s getting more accurate. Mrs. G, her special ed teacher, had a great idea to reward Olivia with drawing ears (O’s) on Mickey Mouse after she completes a whole sheet of smaller O’s. Isn’t she the greatest?
Olivia also has increased her spelling scores this year. Last year, I was impressed that she was able to do spelling tests and type them in herself. This year, Mrs. G decided to ramp it up a little and they have been expanding the types of words they do. They are all still in the same family, but there is more variety in the words than last year. And…she continues to do great!! Mrs. G has been doing “Hunks and Chunks” with her (I think it’s a Sylvania Schools thing) and it seems to help a lot. They’re little sayings that go with the word sounds. (If you want more info, send me an email.) Gabe did it in 1st grade and it is very cute and helpful…especially to someone like Olivia who loves songs and poems and rhymes. This was one of her latest spelling tests. She chose “Superb!” to describe her work.
Not bad for a girl who was “supposed” to be basically a vegetable, huh? She never ceases to amaze me. I am so thankful for our wonderful school system with amazing teachers to support her and challenge her!