(Hey, did you know that "supplemental reading services" is remedial reading!? True. I heard it at the workshop.)
The first thing I hear is, "read to him." I swear by all that's holy, one more person tells me to "just read to him" and to not be afraid to read the same book over and over, they're likely to get smacked in the face with Bad Kitty.
Now, I can understand why these are on the list because it hasn't been all that long since I found out that I didn't have to make him help me read, reading TO him was just as good, but, damnit! it's NOT working!
Read regularly. Read out loud. read directions. Read recipes. Read environmental print. This one was interesting- get picture books and ask him to tell you a story based on the pictures. Sit next to each other and let him follow the story, let him turn the page. Use funny voices, make it into a game. Read expressively. Have guest readers- if they go visiting, send a book with them for someone else to read.
You don't have to read at their level, listening skills are generally higher than reading skills- you can read chapter books. (anyone know something scarier than Mostly Ghostly stories that will catch his interest but not give ME nightmares? Would Goosebumps be right up there with the Zombie movies, Freddy and Jason?)
Let him pick out his own books. Let him choose what he's interested in. Oh, because I totally forced him to check out nonfiction books on weather, snakes, and cats giving birth because I enjoy them. Ok.
I'm frustrated. I've already tried all of that and it's NOT working! Give me something new, dangit!
Then, like magic... like mind reading... something new!
You write the sight words or spelling words on index cards and play go fish! That's exciting! We can do that!
OMG. I just re-read what I wrote... Goofy likes nonfiction books. He has no use for imagination. He doesn't pretend beyond his special interests of war, zombies, and Power Rangers with the simple theme of fighting. and being a literal thinker, facts are easier to process than story lines. Of course he doesn't like fiction books. Well, would you look at that- something new.
anyway, Goofy's reading specialist will be going to Goofy's parent/teacher conference. She says Goofy is doing really good. *suspicious look* he is? Oh, yeah. he's getting more confident and seeing that he can actually do some things. Well, shit. If he's doing so well and making so much progress... did I not try hard enough? Is something I did or didn't do the reason he was so far behind? *failure*
I came home to look through the backpacks I didn't get a chance to look through before I left and see that Alex had a great day. He only dropped once. Considering the fact that I had just e-mailed his teacher that very morning a warning that that kid was freaking BAD... *failure*
I get to the Goofy One's backpack and see the 2nd notice on his parent/teacher conference. I meant to say no or warn her I would be late on the first one but I lost it. *failure*
Then comes the manila envelope...
Let me tell you, I have never been so happy to see such a crappy report card in my life.
Plenty of areas of concern and needs improvement and a note on the back: "Goofy is reading at level 1. At the end of term 1, a level 4 is considered meeting expectations."
Thank you, Jesus! I'm not crazy. and it's not the ADHD. and apparently, the 504 isn't working.
*in yo face! dance*
Now to get my butt in gear on evaluation questionnaires, Section 504, Procedural Safeguards, and IDEA. again. and then to find out what you actually DO about it once you have the IEP.
Anyone have an IEP for Specific Learning Disability? What kinds of things do you have in yours?