Post Mortem: Meany Mommy’s Summer Learning Plan (Part II)

Looking back at my list, I can’t help but laugh at my optimism and foolish determination to cram knowledge into my poor daughter’s head. During summer, no less. But hey! I deserve credit for trying.

One thing’s for certain. Summer is tougher than the school year to keep her focused and motivated. I’d like to blame it on the heat, but I think all the physical activities take a toll as well.

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Meanie Mommy’s Summer Learning Plan for the Princess (Part II)

I can’t believe the school year is nearly over for the Princess. With one more week to go, it’s time for me to scramble as I try to figure out how to keep her busy and out of trouble this summer.

The fun stuff has already been set. She has drama camp for the first half of summer, and art camp for the second half. Then there will be private swimming lessons twice a week, piano lesson once a week, and speech once a week.

Although most parents would have their kids play all summer, I can’t allow her to do that. With the Princess’s challenges in language processing and reading comprehension, she can’t afford being any more behind than she is now. Somewhere in her fun-packed summer, I will need to make time for her core subjects of reading, writing, and math in order to get her up to speed with her peers, and maybe if I’m lucky, I can get her even slightly beyond.

I read a frightening statistic somewhere that children lose between 3 to 6 months of what they learned during the summer, so the first couple of months of the new school year usually ends up being serious catch-up time. I definitely don’t want this to happen to her. I want her to be ready to go when Fall comes.

So here’s Meanie Mommy’s summer learning plan:

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Meanie Mommy’s Summer Learning Plans for the Princess

Yesterday I had the end-of-year IEP review at the Princess’s school. Although I’m encouraged and pleased to hear about the Princess’s progress and growth over the year, all I kept thinking about was how much more work that still lies ahead.

I don’t know if it’s common for children with severe food allergies to have some form of learning or development delay, but I recently read about about another child with the same food allergies and development/learning issues as the Princess. Continue reading

Filling in the Gaps of My Education

As I get older I realize how little I know and how much more I need to learn. I am humbled by the vast gaps in my knowledge. But as the cliché goes, “You live and learn,” right?

For instance, geography—I know so little of the world. When the Princess was asking me the capitals of such-and-such country, I couldn’t answer her. She was able to answer only because she learned it from a strange, twisted cartoon on Qubo called, Jacob Two-Two. Through her I learned the capitals of Burkina Faso, Australia, and Senegal. (In case you were wondering, it’s Ouagadougou, Canberra, and Dakar, respectively.) Continue reading