Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Glowing report

Yesterday was Bud's last day of school, which means that it was also report card day. I didn't have high expectations for Bud's report card, and his "grades" were exactly what I expected: "B" for basic skills, followed by an asterisk, indicating that the criteria for "Basic" was modified in accordance with Bud's IEP. In other words... no real indication of how Bud had done this quarter.

Luckily, Bud's teacher is not the type to settle for such an uninformative report and, as she has done every quarter, she attached a narrative to the standard report, summing up Bud's challenges and achievements this year. She wrote:
Bud has grown both socially and academically this year. Walking through the isolated hallways during movement breaks has given us an opportunity to uncover Bud the conversationalist. He makes total eye contact and is fully engaged in the conversation that is topic appropriate. Bud has developed a circle of school friends with whom he participates in short conversations. The most successful setting for this is small groups such as reading group, lunchtime, and recess. He also shares his humor, poetry, and singing with the class. One sharing time, he sang the entire song "Sideways" with a pretend microphone, and yesterday in PE, he sang the entire song with a real microphone to his classmates and they all clapped. Bud endears himself to his peers.

Transitions continue to be very difficult for Bud, yet we see him recovering a lot quicker than last year. At times working with Bud in the classroom becomes unproductive, so Ms. Brett takes the lesson "on the road" and Bud becomes engaged in the lesson again. This particularly works when brainstorming a writing topic and learning facts about a content area, such as the state. He is now able to work for short periods of time independently on math and reading worksheets. Type To Learn has been a very successful program for him and has enabled him to make full use of the Co-Writer program to write his own stories.

It has been a complete pleasure working with Bud this year.

Yes, it's the end of third grade.

And it's the beginning of everything else.


Betty and Boo's Mommy said...

Love this! What a great teacher Bud's had this year! It sounds as if his 3rd grade year was a good one. Congrats!

Robin said...

sounds like a great year for Bud! Congratulations!
I hope he has teachers next year that are as great as his teacher this year.

You guys get out later than us- my two finished over a week ago.

Hope you and Bud have some fun summer plans!

pixiemama said...

Wow, awesome, Bud!
& I LOVE that teacher. Wow!

Niksmom said...

Kvelling and leaking from my eyes. I know what a difficult beginning to the year Bud had; this glowing report is great testament to the love, support, and hard work you do to give him a solid foundation. This reflects as much on you as it does on Bud. What a wonderful way to end the school year!

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gretchen said...

Bud endears himself to his peers. Duh. So does his mom :-)

Go Bud- we're so proud of you!

VAB said...

Way to go, Bud!

Squillo said...

Congratulations to you and Bud!

The right teacher makes a huge difference, and it sounds like you guys got a very good one.

KAL said...

What a terrific way to end the school year - hooray for Bud!

Renee said...

That's wonderful! I'm so glad that Bud had such a great year!!
My name is Renee, and I found your blog because of how wonderful Dierks and Cassidy have been to your son Bud, so I've read off and on for awhile now.
But, my 2yr old son Wyatt may be autistic. The school district feels he may be falling somewhere between PDD-NOS and Autism. (Wyatt doesn't talk yet) And so now I'm in the process of reading about it, and filling out paperwork to get added to the waiting list to have him assessed, and I really enjoy your blog.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for writing. Your blog is wonderful!!!

MOM-NOS said...

Renee, thanks for posting! I know how difficult the pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis times can be, as you try to figure out what it all means for Wyatt. If I can be helpful or provide support, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me - momnos at gmail dot com.

Bud didn't talk at 2 years old either, and you can see how far he's come since then! Wishing you well!

(I'm also delighted that you found me through our Dierks and Cassidy stories. They are amazing. Truly.)

~AspieMom~ said...

Yay Bud!

drama mama said...

I was toodling along just fine until I read that "Bud endears himself to his peers."


That's it. That's the stuff.

I feel a lot of movement around here.

Over there.

Your last line pins it perfectly.

FLMom said...

WTG Bud! There's nothing like a good teacher for our special kids! Hope Bud does just as well in 4th grade!

kristina said...

Several cheers for Bud!

(And a couple for his teacher)

(And for you)

kristina said...

Several cheers for Bud!

(And a couple for his teacher)

(And for you)

DBcongress said...

"One sharing time, he sang the entire song "Sideways" with a pretend microphone, and yesterday in PE, he sang the entire song with a real microphone to his classmates and they all clapped."

Bud is THE best Dierks promoter! We would love to add him to the DB Congress list! What state do you live in?

mommy~dearest said...

That gave me goosebumps. Awesome.