Friday, February 22, 2013
Zoe has improved tremendously since the school year started. She really does have the most amazing teacher, who adores her and know exactly how to deal with her.
I met with the teacher today, to go over Zoe's individual program plan for Kindergarten. Zoe has mild/moderate developmental delays, but her teacher believes that with some extra help, it won't take much for Zoe to catch up with her peers.
The main issue that Zoe has is focusing and sitting still. They use a weighted bag or fidget toys for Zoe, and the good thing is that the teacher explains to the children that each child is different and needs help in different areas, and this is one of the areas that Zoe needs help in, so sometimes she gets to use these items, just like another child may get to use something else that works for them. No child is ever pointed out or made to feel different. They continue to use these aids into grade one as well.
Zoe is also learning about personal space and keeping her hands to herself. She has improved in this area as well, with consistent reminders.
One thing they do in class when a child makes an inappropriate choice or hurts someone, is that child has to sit alone for a bit and think of a way to make the other child feel better (restorative justice). Instead of just saying "sorry", which often doesn't mean a lot, they have to interact with that child they hurt, by doing some sort of activity together. I am going to try this at home as well!
Zoe responds well to words of praise. If she is told she is doing a good job, she will continue to do a good job. Everyday, she asks her teacher, "Can I tell my mom that I was good today?" and the teacher will say yes, or no, and give her the reason why.
I have said before, how this girl keeps us constantly laughing. When she is good. And when she is bad (we are often covering up our mouths so she can't see!).
Yesterday, Silas stepped on Zoe's legs.
Zoe: (yelling) "Aaaaggghhh! THAT HURT!"
Me: Zoe, please talk nicely.
Zoe: (whispering) "Aaaaggghhh! That hurt..."