Angelisms: Geocaching

Vintage Postcard ~ Sweet AngelIt’s been a long time since I’ve shared any Angelisms.  This one is too good to pass up. 

Today we went geocaching today as a family.  If you are not familiar with geocaching, or why we love it, you can see some of my past posts here or here

The four of us headed over to a local park.  We saw that there was a new series of geocaches in the park, and we needed some fresh air and family time. We’ve geocached before, but it has been awhile, and as you may remember, Angel has a small working memory, so she doesn’t necessarily remember all the rules.  There aren’t really many rules for geocaching:  the cache should be put back where you found it, and if you trade for something, the item you leave should be of equal or greater value than the item you are taking.  You are also supposed to keep it on the downlow.  “Muggles” are people who don’t geocache, so you need to be stealthy when you are in a high muggle area.  The main reason for this is to keep the cache safe.

Well, I was reading the information on a cache located near a playground.  I mentioned that it said it was a high muggle area, so stealth was required.  Angel right away asked what stealth was.  I told her that it meant you were quiet and sneaky and before I could explain it further, Angel said loudly, “I don’t get how to be quiet!”  Big Kid and I laughed and said, “We know!”

My non-stealthy kid quickly found the cache and came running toward me with it yelling, “I found it!  I found it!  I found it!”  Needless to say, she still doesn’t understand the concept of stealth.  We’ll have to call this a work in progress.

Geocaching Container - Regular

Not a cache we found, but it gives you the idea.

On the plus side, we found 2 of 3 caches we looked for.  The 3rd one had quite a few did not finds on it, so we didn’t feel badly about not finding it.  It’s probably missing or been moved.  As we were heading back to our car, Angel said, “That was fun!”  And it really was.  I’m so glad that we made it a point to get out and enjoy the fall weather as a family.  I hope that we are making memories that will last.

IPRC Meeting

21 Steps to Success

Yesterday, we had the IPRC meeting with Angel’s school.  It was pretty quick, but it was very good.  It was confirmed that she is staying at her current school in her current program.  She’ll be doing a trial with a laptop soon and it will have things like speech to type on it so she can talk and it will record her writing for her.   The new IEP will be given to us in a few weeks.

It was pretty much just a formality at this point.  I’m so glad that we made it to this point though!  It took a long time to get here, but it was worth the fight and push to get it done.

Angel’s principal told us that she was very impressed to see Angel self advocating more this year.  She’s speaking up more when she needs help.  It’s so great to hear things like this from her.  It really means that all the work with Angel is starting to pay off.  She’s getting there and that means she will be able to speak up for herself more and more.

Something new for Angel is that she is able to go to see the ISSP teacher anytime she needs help with something.  She’s got 2 periods a day that she can go to work with her.  The ISSP teacher is going to make some cards for Angel so that she can put one on her desk or hand it in to her regular teacher if she needs to go see her.  This way, if she is having trouble finding the words, she’s got another way to get her needs met. All in all, it was a great meeting.  :) Secrets to Success

IPRC Meeting on Monday!

Well, after almost 4 years, we are finally having an IPRC meeting with Angel’s school.  It’s been a long road, but our principal has been amazing every step of the way.  Any false expectations we had were given by the previous principal.

So, it all comes down to this.  A meeting on Monday morning will determine Angel’s future education.  From everything we discussed last year as the results of the psycho educational assessment, Angel will likely stay at the same school.  Her IEP should be adjusted and will now become a full IEP that will go with her from school to school.

Angel knows that there is a meeting, so when she asked me about it, I explained that we were going to sit down with some people from the school and decide what she needs going forward.  I told her that she will get a new IEP that will go with her and she liked that idea.  She wanted to come to the meeting, but I told her that she couldn’t do that until she is older.  She’d love to be there, but I think the conversation would be hard for her to follow and understand and would likely stress her out anyway.  She can be part of the process when she gets older.

Boys labels

Even though I know the likely outcome, I’m still a little nervous about the whole thing.  We’re finally getting a label from the school board that will say what kind of help Angel needs.  We’re also getting a label that will make assumptions that much easier to make.  I don’t want Angel to be just a label.  I hope that her teachers will continue to dig deeper than the learning problems and see a little girl who is curious, bright, and funny, just like I do.

And now, we wait.