It's been a bit of a rough week filled with various different stressors but today was a great day. I covered a priority one high school science class (the only one I know of in our board) at school today and it went AMAZING! This is the first year our board has offered pure classes in certain subject areas for priority one students. It's not inclusion, but I'm thrilled that we are providing science curriculum to these students instead of just "life skills". These students are like sponges - they soak up information with enthusiasm and interest. It was so refreshing. We had a great, respectful discussion on symbiotic relationships in ecology. There was so much learning going on...super cool!
To top it off, Kate had a great day too. She's becoming more effective with her head nodding and shaking her head no. It has opened up huge communication opportunities with everyone, not just us. Her world is expanding at an extremely fast rate and she's enjoying the ride! At story time tonight, we read a book called "That's not my snowman". At the end of the book, the reader finds their snowman because "his nose is so squashy". Kate put her hand on the snowman's nose and I said, yes that's the snowman's nose. She then reached up, grabbed my nose and laughed. I squealed with delight "yes that's Mommy's nose!" and then she repeated this FIVE TIMES - identifying the nose in the book and then my nose, even when I asked "where's Mommy's nose?". Kate demonstrated her knowledge. This is a HUGE deal and a very meaningful memory.
I tucked her in, gave her a big hug and told her I loved her. She reached her arm out to me, so I told her how proud I am of her and that I love her so, so much. She nodded her head in response. A truly wonderful moment. We don't take anything for granted!
Kelly is Kate's devoted, caring, Type-A crazy mom. Kelly is a high school physics teacher who earned her masters degree in neuroscience from McMaster University in 2003.