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Old 05-18-06, 01:24 PM
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Ok I just had to post because I feel like such a huge weight has lifted off me
 
yesterday my boys had their first ever evaluation
 
(as I mentioned in another post, in WA kids over age 8 are required to be evaluated each year by a certified teacher or through testing) anyways we choose to do ours with a teacher. It went SO well
 
Jake scored at grade level on most everything except reading, which he scored about 1/2 a year behind which I wasn't surprised by because he is legally blind (dont know if Ive ever explained that story but he has vision issues that are non glasses correctable) he can read, but needless to say with the vision issues it is difficult for him and he doesnt enjoy it.....anyways he scored 2 grades ABOVE his grade level in math which was great
 
then Gavin scored grade level for everything except math which he also scored above on (1 grade level above for him) I was SO happy....if you read my other posts I have been stressing about this evaluation because being our first full homeschooling year we hadnt had one before and I was a little worried I hadnt been keeping them where they should be and etc, even though I knew I probably was it was nice to have it verified. What was really wonderful was the teacher when talking to me afterwords talked about how she noticed Jakob was in her words a "sensitive listener" (he also has ADD) as you might know with ADD they are distracted incredibly easily, and with his vision problem I believe his hearing is even MORE sensitive so it kind of compounds the problem, but basically any noise around him throws him off, she said she noticed when she was explaining things to him she could tell he was listening to the things around him and etc, anyways she told me she thought I had made a really good decision taking him out of public school because she could see where he would have absolutely no chance of concentrating in school where there are so many distractions and etc....there were several reasons for us pulling him out but to hear her say that made me feel really good
 
ALSO and this is huge, my husband who has always just sort of "gone along" with the homeschooling thing and has always made comments about possibly putting them back in school this morning told me "I just wanted to tell you you're doing an awesome job with the kids" and when I said something about how the teacher thought I made a good decision about taking him out of school he said "you mean WE made a good decision"
 
I kinda laughed at how it was we now but it is SO nice to finally have him all the way on board and sorry for this rambling post but Im just so SOO much less stressed now!!!
 
thanks for listening
 
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Old 05-18-06, 03:11 PM
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Congratulations!!!
 
It sounds like you are doing a great job!!!
 
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job well done for everyone!
 
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Old 05-20-06, 09:32 PM
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Wonderful review! Its nice to have some recognition for all of your (you and the boys) hard work! You are doing a great job and they are obviously doing very well with you at home.

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Old 05-21-06, 03:18 PM
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thanks guys
 
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