Many of you have watched him grow up here on this blog. He was 2 years old the first time I wrote here. He will 10 come Janurary.
I am concerned about my youngest. Here they do not give extra or special help to those without a low I.Q. They tested him as I requested and as the State of Kansas requested. He suffers with a short term memory recall issue. And it make learning new things, like math skills, a bit more difficult. He needs extra time, and has to have the new information gone over with him multiple times. In Kansas, they were teaching him how to work around the issue, to create news ways for him to recall the information. That has stopped here. Husband and I are working with him, I do not want him to fall behind.
The first week of school was the hardest for him. He had never been in trouble before, and suddenly it seemed that everything he was doing was causing him to miss parts of recess in a timeout. Most of it was due to his memory recall issue and the fact that we had no clue what the school wanted from us. I got some of that worked out, but not before Small gave up. He no longer cares if he gets in trouble. It bothers him a bit that he has missed every fun Friday since we started school here though. I had hoped to resolve things before he gave up, but I couldn't.
The Principal however has been trying to work with me on other aspects of his school life. His hands are tied with the special needs, and tutoring will be available after Christmas Break. It is not called winter break here. Honestly doesn't bother me either way. Because of Small's shyness I had him enrolled in their after school program. They get one hour of homework time and one hour of physical game time. Small LOVES dodge ball. Yes, they play it here in all it's painful glory. Small thrives during that time. Because of the drought and the high temperatures back in Kansas, I just couldn't send them outside to play. Then the wreck happened, and I was unable to get the boys to go out to play. Small gained weight due to his father's cooking and lack of physical activity. He has been very self conscious about it. He is a very tall boy for his age, and then the weight, it made him feel awkward. But dodge ball has helped him shed those pounds, helped him find some friends, and he is always picked first for teams because he is that good at it.
He still loathes school, but the after school program brings him joy. He is finally excited to tell me about what is happening during his day. He laughs a bit more, he chats with me and his brothers more often. He is slowly coming out of his shell. Kentucky may not be his favorite place right now, but he is starting to find his joy, and that's all I really want for him.
Small loves Banshee Holler though. It is indeed a boys paradise down here. He knows full well were he will be building his tree fort, and bridges, this summer. He is thrilled with sledding, as he was the one to find a spot without trees, however it has a few butt hurting rocks. Last spring the weird insects and the small reptiles he would catch gave him hours of happiness. I just wish it translated to school hours a bit better. But it will come. I foresee next school year to be better for him, and his Debbie Downer attitude.