• kindergarten

    Kindergarten Is Out For Summer

    This week is the end of Kidlet’s first year of school. Her first year of Kindergarten (we have Jr and Sr here) is over. In the fall, she’ll go back to her Senior Kindergarten year at the same school. It’s not been the year I hoped for. In some ways it has been better, in others it’s been worse. No one would have thought that in March we’d be looking at September as the return to school. I am not complaining in some senses – I’m glad to keep my kiddo and others safe until we have better ways to deal with COVID-19. I see her hurt that she can’t…

  • Learning at Home
    Autism,  Kiddo,  Preschooler,  School

    Learning At Home

    It’s been about two months since things came to a grinding halt. We initially thought it was going to be two weeks longer than the planned March Break. But, in some ways for the best, we’ve been trying to learn from home. Kiddo has been doing well. She misses the heck out of interacting with her classmates. We’ve been lucky that we have an excellent special education team in her class, and all of us love them.  They’ve kept in touch and have been providing materials to work with her on. One thing I’ve noticed is she loves the Cbeebies Numberblocks and Alphablocks. She’s actually made huge strides in counting…

  • Home School chalk board with A B C on it
    Kiddo,  Preschooler,  School

    Schooling from Home

    With the COVID-19 pandemic all the schools are closed in our province for the next two weeks minimum. So, we’re trying to work on home schooling the Little Miss. We’re doing our part in social distancing and washing our hands/sanitizing. But being on the spectrum presents some challenges that we are trying to meet head on. One is a consistent schedule. Where everyone is working from home it’s easy to slip into the habit of just doing things whenever, where ever. So we’re working on the visual schedule. Little Miss’ father is the hardest one to get and keep on a schedule, as he has issues with telling the passage…

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    Happy Learner

    One thing I’ve had throughout my life is that I’ve always been a happy learner. I love learning. That doesn’t mean that I’ve always liked school. In fact I’ve had a hard time with our public education system. With the little miss getting an ASD diagnosis, and my own diagnosis being changed, it has been a learning experience that I never expected. In so many support groups, I see children who absolutely hate going to school, and have issues with learning – and I am not crapping on learning disabilities – it would be hypocritical of me to do so because I have a few of them myself. I can…

  • Germies
    Health,  Kiddo,  Seasonal

    Germies Germies Germies

    Every year around this time, I get really wound up about viruses and germs (or viruses and germies) The first year that the little girl was with us, we almost lost her to RSV. This year my adorable little illness vector managed to catch a cold, the flu and have it progress to pneumonia in short order. My anxiety was, and is through the roof. She passed it to both her father and I, and on top of the flu, I have an ear infection. So yep, coughing, sneezing and being unable to hear. Two big thumbs up there. /sarcasm For me the flu is dangerous as I’ve got asthma.…

  • The Four-nado
    Kiddo,  Preschooler

    The Four-nado

    This week, the little miss turns four. Reflecting on the last four years and how much things have changed is a bittersweet exercise. She’s definitely a four-nado. From day one she’s been a child that goes against all odds. I call her my impossible girl because there has been so much that has happened that she shouldn’t have been with us (also because she does share a birthday with an important event in Doctor Who history and one of the companions). This year, we saw her start school and get her autism spectrum diagnosis. She travelled to visit her grandparents and enjoyed a summer with them. She is flourishing. She…

  • Autism Awareness Acceptance
    Autism,  Kiddo,  Preschooler

    Adventures in Autism

    I’ve been putting this entry off for a while, because I’ve needed time to digest, to sit and actually feel the emotions that come with this. The little miss has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, because there is a large genetic component and as her father is on the spectrum (Aspergers), as well as other family members. But it did surprise me. I’m not going to lie. It surprised me for the fact that, as one of her speech-language therapists put it, there is no hard fast line that divides ADHD and ASD from each other. They are a Venn diagram.…

  • School
    Kiddo,  School

    School Time!

    I had intended, as the little miss is one of the children born at the end of the year, to hold her back until next year to go to junior kindergarten. But it was suggested to get her into school ASAP (why this was suggested, I’ll talk about in a post soon). So off to school the little miss went, despite our misgivings. She’s only going for half days in the morning right now, and while I expected tears and screaming, she loves it and can’t wait to get back there every school day. Every day that she has an appointment (of which there have been a lot lately), she…

  • two young children splashing, swimming, happy in a pool
    Kiddo,  Preschooler,  Seasonal,  Toddler

    Swimming-ly Summer

    Its finally summer again. While I’m not a huge fan of the hot weather, I enjoy watching the little miss get out in her pool and go “swimming”. Right now that’s something that I enjoy. I can even get my feet in the pool and splash a bit with her. I didn’t learn to swim until I was almost 7. I had been in swimming lessons off and on before then, but I learned to swim in a family friend’s backyard pool. It happened almost as a fluke. So watching her go “swimming” and learning the basics that I always felt overwhelmed in a class setting to learn makes my…

  • Space dreams

    Space Dreams

    The little miss has developed a more than passing interest in space. She loves dang near everything to do with space. Rockets, Planets, Comets… you name it and she’s into it. I am fairly certain she has dreams of space. I think she comes by it honestly. I realized I could never go to space myself at a young age (between multiple physical issues that would keep me from it), I have been wishing and dreaming with a telescope. Soon I’ll be getting her her first telescope. I know she’s not got the patience yet to sit for hours just to watch stuff. But looking at the moon and looking…