Friday, 18 November 2016

Grade 1 update

Life is roaring along and is busy for us all. Phoenix is finally settled into the routine of grade 1, which has taken all this time since school started in Sept. The teacher and aide have noticed a big turn around in Phoenix's willingness to engage in school work and try new or hard tasks. Phoenix started the year reading B level books and has recently moved to C level and last night a D book. I tell her the new/unfamiliar vocabulary and she reads it back to me with the rest of the sentence. We generally have to do "mine turn/your turn" for her to engage and try, but when I do that she is usually more cooperative. Last night I had a hard time getting her to focus because she wanted to talk about the sand and the snow from the books instead.

Despite a 2 year focus on OT and hand strength (which the OT attributes to incredibly bendy hyper flexible hands) Phoenix still cannot write with a pencil at all. They have introduced a AAC iPad for her to type sentences on. I think this is a great move and I am super excited to see what my girl can do to show her knowledge!

Phoenix has recently started to show an intense interest in wearing make up. Which shocks the heck out of me because I don't wear make up at all. Yesterday morning Phoenix went into my bathroom drawer, found an old mascara and tried to put it on her eyes. She's also been going into my bathroom and asking for make up for the last few weeks. Santa IS being asked for make up this year. I know she is 6, and others may not agree with this step, but if she wants to be a little girl and wear make up, I don't see the problem.

Some Halloween Photos

At a recent hearing test Phoenix did an amazing job and still has great hearing (which we suspected was the case)

Saturday play time with Ash L and Wren R while P was at home chilling on her ipad. 

Jen got one nice picture of Wren while out at a DS dinner and dance. 
Look at what a beauty she is destined to be!

And some painting pictures from recently

Ash here, lips pursed in concentration.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

What is life like lately?

Life is busy!! Full time working mom with 3 kids is no joke.

Phoenix is in grade 1 now. She has a 1:1 aide and is doing great. They are going to trial an AAC program called Touch Chat with her. I'm excited about this because even though P does a good job of expressing herself, she doesn't necessarily have the skills to be able to communicate what she's learning. So the fact that she can learn a program to express her knowledge is AWESOME.

This is a cold Saturday morning. It was too icy to go out so the kids asked to bake.

There was probably as much flour on the table and ground as in the bowls...
Wren on a cold weekend
Ash proudly showing the ice she's eating.

Ash and Wren sharing ice
Painting day!

I gave Phoenix's room a small makeover and painted the back wall gray and then added a purple stencil pattern
There was an agricultural fair recently so we went for hay rides and turnip digging! So much fun for the kids to see the horses.
Ash (back) and Wren (front) decided to go "swimming" in the bathtub. 
Tooth brushing time for Ash
Ash twirling in her pretty dress
Wren twirling in her pretty dres

And this classic toddler adventure. Beware the quiet!

I feel guilty for not putting time aside to blog, but there also seems like there is less to blog about. Life is plugging on, Phoenix keeps on making small gains as we work on her hand strength with the OT at home. Our big goal right now is independent dressing. We've stocked up on the greatest invention ever: jeggings, which allows Phoenix to pull her pants up and down without worrying about buttons and zippers. She's a big fan of picking her own outfits and does a fantastic job of coordinating colours.
The other interesting thing is that Phoenix has been asking me to put makeup on her. I probably wouldn't be so surprised about this if I wore make up at all, but I don't. After showering Phoenix asks me to blow dry her head (also surprising since I don't ever use the hair dryer!) and put make up on her. She's 6! So while I know it's early, I think Santa is going to be bringing Phoenix (tasteful) makeup to wear at home. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Some home reading

We do home reading with Phoenix about 4-5 nights a week. We almost always read books before bed,  but I can't always convince Phoenix to read aloud to me. We get books sent home from school as part of their home reading program. Sometimes we get to them, sometimes, depending on what else is happening that night, we don't. I also have a few sets of levelled books that I bought at Costco. The set we read has books from level A to C. The books we get from school are level B, up from level A which she started at. For anyone not familiar with levelled reading, this is a great reading level for a child in kindergarten to have, let alone a child with a developmental delay.

Tonight I got Phoenix on video reading a level A book. This is one she likes a lot and requests to have me read to her. Night time isn't the best time to be challenging Phoenix with her reading. She's tired, she's had a long day and she has been working hard all day. So I frequently have to read the page first and have Phoenix read it next. You can hear her try to get out of reading, but she eventually comes around.