Last week was exhausting. I spent three days up at the school with Bug doing academic testing. Testing is not required in my state for homeschooled children, but I thought it would be interesting to see how he did on it so I signed him up.
*Note: Homeschooled children in Nevada can be signed up to do ANYTHING the public school children do. All you have to do is go into the school and ask. For many things there is a form to fill out, but it is very simple and they will not deny you.
How'd he do?
Well, let me have a moment to brag, I am a proud momma after all... He did GREAT!!! His results show that in reading he is right where he needs to be, and even a smidge ahead. In math he is way, and I mean WAY, ahead. And in language arts he goes so far ahead of his peers that jaws dropped upon seeing the scores, literally.
I am so proud of my Little Bug. He amazes me every day!
On top of testing, we also went to computer class and to social skills class. It was a very busy week for Bug, and I'm pretty sure he's glad it's over.
I did find his approach to testing quite interesting though... When we (his Special Ed coordinator and myself) were congratulating him on his scores he was just so blah about it. We were saying, "Wow, way to go, Bug!" and he just replied, "Oh, ok." Then he moved on to talking about something else, "Remember when..." I found that very interesting. I also found it interesting that he was more concerned with the number of questions given and the amount of time it took to finish them than he was about anything else. Sometimes his Autism just makes me laugh and I guess that was one of those times.
Anyways, this week we return to our normal schedule. Lessons are going pretty well right now with the exception of fractions, but I found a great program on the computer while up at computer class and I had him start using it so I think that may help a bit (and being as it was on the computer he actually thought it was fun). I'd share the name, but I really don't know what it was called - I just know it's there and we can use it.
We've been working on American history and we are doing a fun little mini-unit on Patriotic songs. It's fun - we even marched around the house like Revolutionary War Soldiers singing Yankee Doodle - it was a hoot!
Side note: Yankee Doodle is an interesting song. Not written by an American, it was meant as a joke. It pretty much means "Foolish American" and the soldiers just didn't seem to catch on. Ironic that it was our nation's first Patriotic song of note. Bug actually got a laugh out of that.
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