September 16, 2014

Weekend in Miami!









September 14, 2014

2014 NDSC Keynote Speaker - David Saville

How amazing that our neighbor, David Saville, was a keynote speaker at the 2014 National Down Syndrome Congress! Here is his speech:

 

September 3, 2014

Matty B's #TrueColors



I'm in love with the kid rapper Matty B's new color - #True Colors. Not only is it a fabulous song and video, how cool is it that he goes to Trent's school?!

September 2, 2014

First Day of Preschool!


Today was the first day of preschool for the sweet baby girl! She has done mother's morning out programs in the past, but with preschool she is dropped off in carpool instead of walking into the building with Mommy - so grown up!



August 28, 2014

Visit From the Monkey Doctor!


Yesterday was an evening to remember! During dinner, a neighbor knocked on the door to tell us that there was a monkey outside that wanted to meet Chase - and despite sounding absolutely crazy, he was right! The monkey and its trainer, who works with people with special needs, happened to be passing through the neighborhood and they thought Chase would enjoy meeting him.


Trent surprised us all by immediately being willing to hold the monkey and letting him sit on his head!!



Chase's first reaction was that he didn't want to have anything to do with the monkey, but over the course of an hour, the trainer managed to make Chase feel comfortable enough to sit next to the monkey, touch his tail, shave the monkey's head with a razor, tickle his hands and feet, and even give him kisses!!




Check out the Monkey Doctor for more about what Dr. Irving and Bobby do around the metro Atlanta area!

August 25, 2014

The Birthday Continues

Most years the kids with summer birthdays get overlooked at school, but this year Trent's class decided to start the year on a fun note, celebrating the summer birthdays at the beginning of the school year! 




August 21, 2014

Spelling Activity Box



Trent has had it up to his ears with traditional spelling practice - you know, the kind where the parent calls out the word and the child spells it back? So we have gotten creative with how we will be practicing his spelling words this year and came up with a Spelling Activity Box!

Inside the box (which I of course had lots of fun decorating!) are about fifty different ideas (sent home by his teacher) for how to practice spelling his red words, sight words, and weekly spelling words. Each day, he will pull out three slips of paper, each with a different activity for spelling the vocabulary words.

Here are some of the ideas to learn the vocab words:



  • Trace the words on the palm of your hand




  • Take turns tracing the words on the back of a friend




  • Bounce a ball back and forth with a friend, spelling the words out one letter per bounce




  • Make a word search using your words




  • Make a crossword puzzle using your words




  • Write each word out three times




  • Write the words out in the shape of a pyramid




  • Spell the words out while jumping up and down


  • To make the box, I used decorative scrapbook paper and washi tape to decorate an empty cardboard snack box. I used a decorative punch and silver markers for the tag/label. (Find supplies HERE) It pays to make the spelling box look fun!!