It’s a little hard to believe that Angel’s last day of grade 3 was today! How did this year go by so fast?
Overall, Angel’s had a great year. She had a teacher that is a true educator. He really got her from the start. They clicked and Angel has benefitted from his teaching style. He has celebrated Angel’s successes and supported her learning every step of the way. He hasn’t let her give up on herself or accepted less than her best.
Some of Angel’s favourite things from this year have been the cardboard arcade (inspired by Cain’s Arcade, learning some basic swimming at the same pool she takes swimming lessons, going to a local hockey team’s game, learning how to play badminton, Lego League, helping in kindergarten, reading buddies, making (and keeping a friend), playdates, using technology, breakfast club and running club. There was also learning to play recorder, performing a dance for Southeast Asian History Month, doing a dance for an assembly, and receiving an award for Confidence. And Pokemon. I can’t forget Pokemon. I don’t understand it, but she loves it!
I was really surprised about running club. Angel got involved in this on her own and it turns out she loves running. Running isn’t something that we are into, so I’m really glad that she has found this on her own. We’ll have to get her involved in some form of running this summer.
Breakfast club wasn’t a surprise to me. Angel likes to help. She had fun helping to prepare and serve breakfast for her schoolmates a couple times a month. She especially liked flipping the grilled cheese sandwiches.
Kindergarten helping was something new that Angel’s principal came up with. Angel was having trouble socially with some of her peers, and her principal dealt with it right away. She arranged to have Angel go into a kindergarten class to help out over one nutrition break a day. Angel wanted to go back for the second nutrition break as well, but it was important that she still work on developing her social skills with her own peers. We’ve heard feedback that the kindergarten teachers enjoyed having Angel’s help. Angel told me that she was going to ask her principal if she could help out in kindergarten again next year. That’s what a mom wants to hear
We had the results of Angel’s psychoeducational assessments last week. There was a lot of information given to us and I’m still processing it all. I have some research I need to do so that I am sure that I understand everything. I’ll share more another day. The great news is that we have a lot of answers and a plan for next year. We will have an IPRC meeting in the fall and Angel’s IEP will be adjusted to include the new information.
I’m looking forward to summer break. We have some plans made for camping up north and 2 weeks of day camp booked for the girls. The rest of the summer is something we will figure out together. I expect that we’ll have some day trips, probably some library visits, public swims, and lots of time bike riding and being outside.
Grade 3 has been a great year. I’m looking forward to seeing what grade 4 has in store for all of us.