Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Laminate my kid's lives

Have you got yourself a small home laminator? I bought one many years ago, kept in in a box, and only pulled it out to start using last year. I don't know why it took me so long!

Our school year is only a month old but I have come to the conclusion that my eldest child is in need of some reminder lists. Things are just not making it home from school! Homework, library books, notes and even the violin! (luckily his teacher rescued this from the bag rack one Friday afternoon) I kind of dread him getting off the bus because I am afraid to ask what got left behind. Today it was his 'Spelling Activities' book so that meant that no spelling list could be learnt. Instead I made him do all of his maths homework for the week.

Now being an Asperger boy, I know that one of his weaknesses is personal organisation. In the past we have used visuals to great success, but he is able to read quite well. So I have devised a little timetable for the week listing what needs to "go to" school and "come home" from school each day. Hopefully his teacher will allow him to stick the small list on his desk or back rack so that he can remind himself. Finger's crossed things start to make it home!

I also laminated his class timetable, which is double sided owing to a Week A and B cycle.

And some pesky Lego Ninjago cards that the boys love to collect with their kits.

One of the positive things about his school is a lovely support teacher, Mrs R. She is amazing and works with kids from Kindergarten all the way through to Year 12. So last year she was helping my youngest son calm down from a Sensory 'meltdown' in Kindy and then scribing for a Year 12 cerebral palsy student sitting his Higher School Certificate (he has since gone on to University). She is well respected and absolutely adored by the students - they gave her the 'Mother Hen' Award in 2011.

My son in no exception. He thinks she is the 'best'. He has at least one session with her a week but she also opens her room up some lunch hours and kids can trickle in. He loves those days. This year they have made a model of the Sydney Harbour bridge and the Burj al Arab and are working on the Sydney Opera House now. 
In 2010, Duncan received a gorgeous book on the Titanic for his 6th birthday. This started a year long project of interest that ended with him making a huge model of the ship with Mrs R. Still on display in our lounge room, although looking a bit more like the wreck.

She is going to help him draft a newspaper article on the 100 Year Anniversary of her demise, for the student run newsletter. 

Meal Plan Mondays

This is what's on the menu for this week.

Spinach and Bacon Fettuccine

I added semi-dried tomatoes (leftovers), grape tomatoes (starting to wither in the fridge), carrots, zucchini (they were on special at the grocer), mushroom,  shallots and basil (from our herb garden).

The kids liked the novelty of curly fettuccine....

but not all the vegies...oh well!

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you found the right organizational tool for your son.
    It's great hearing that there are still caring teachers out there.


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