Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thing #1

I can't believe my little ol' blog has 150 followers! 
I know my blog is not much compared to others,
but I keep trying to remind myself of a quote I recently read: 

"Don't compare yourself to others. 
Comparison is the thief of happiness." 


So...thank you to all my follwers
AND to all the awesome blog authors that I follow!

You have so many GREAT ideas and you are willing to
SHARE them with me (and others of course)!!
I can't wait to see what you'll do next!

Thankful Thing #2....3....and 4 (okay, and 5)

I know not every child who struggles is "special ed", "learning disabled", or whatever other label is out there.  However, there are times when you just know

T is one of those. 

She came to me this year not knowing any sounds, and could only recognize a few letters and numbers. She was very unfocused (even in one on one situations), loud, disruptive (do you get the picture?). 
She saw the Reading Specialist 5 days a week, and had been doing so since Kindergarten.  Her data "folder" was turned in earlier this year, and my hope was that they would have all the information they needed to finally test her. 


T's folder was sent back.  I was told I needed more data.  Are you kidding me??  We had a year's worth of data, yet somehow it wasn't enough!  So, what did I do?  I did what I had to do-- I collected more data, and resent her folder.    Finally, I got the glorious news!

Hallelujah!  Let the testing begin!

Finally, she was tested!   Finally, she qualified!  Then I heard the dreaded "b" word.  No, not THAT "b" word!!  The other one.....but.    BUT, she won't be put in special ed until next year.

I'm sorry, w  h  a  t??

After some discussion, it was decided that she could "unofficially" start services now (whoopee!), and next year it would be official (whoopee!).  She is finally getting what she needs! 

So where is the thankfulness here?

#2  T qualified and is receiving the extra help she needs.
#3  T is finally on meds to help her focus (w o w)!
#4  T is hilarious, and can make me smile
(even when I don't want to)!
#5  I am thankful that T is in my class!!

Thank YOU for reading this!


  1. T is so lucky to have you advocating for her, caring for her and teaching her!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  2. I love your #1. It exactly describes how I feel about blogging too. And I agree with Kimberly that T is lucky to have you as an advocate. She is finally getting what she needs. Yes, that's a lot to be thankful for!


    First Impressions

  3. Thankfulness is SO contagious . . . I'm thankful for you! (As I'm sure T is!!!). Congrats on so many followers; they're blessed by your wonderful heart and insight.


  4. T is a lucky girl! So many kids go undiagnosed and have to suffer through school without the help that they really need.

    Grow Up Learning

  5. I can relate to your comment about not comparing yourself to others. This is something I have t! Once I get myself in a big tizzy, then I remind myself that I need to make personal attainable goals.

    I've tried joining your blog, but my computer must be acting up, it keeps saying it can't find the google server??? I'll try to visit again and join.


  6. God put T in your room and she is blessed because of that! You are making a huge difference in her life and in mine too! I am so happy to follow you. =)

    Heather's Heart