This morning I got the boys off to school. I had gotten cancellation texts from my hiking buddies I just stood in front of the school thinking a minute. What to do, what to do, and there was no way I was getting off my ass to exercise alone today. Another walking buddy came up and was talking about her daughters kindergarten interview that day. Just then the phone rang and it was again the BSC. It will be WEEKS before we have a TSS for Ryan. My friend walked off as I talked on the phone with the BSC. The BSC and I went on to talk strategies on helping Ryan without the TSS for now. He told me to pressure the special education people at the school to modify the fucking homework.
I walked from the school and my walking buddy caught up to me. I cried to her a bit about what was going on. She said look why don’t I hook my daughter up to the tandem bike and we can all for a ride later this morning. I jumped at the idea. I am a girl who loves her bike and exercise is what I need to deal with the school, for me it is better than pharmaceuticals. It was a glorious day to ride in the woods and we had a great time.
I returned home and he anxiety started. I got a shower. Prepped for the kids to come home, knowing we would had an appointment with the no longer in the school therapist. We got started with the school work and after 45 minutes Aaron was completely done, Ryan was 1/4 of the way finished. We stopped and off to the therapist.
The therapist is amazing. She centered and calmed my bewitching hour boys. She got out of Ryan that the worst part of school is homework and she went to work. She told me that we were to return home after our session and we should do 10 minutes of homework, then the kids can do whatever they want for 10 minutes. We should do this for an hour. At the end whatever mountain of homework is left I hand back to the school. When they start going on about where the homework is, I say we did our best and shrug my shoulders. If they won’t modify the homework then modify it ourselves. She said there is no way we should live life hostage to the school all the time. Aaron deserves to have some time from me and what they are doing is unrealistic. She then told me to put the oxygen mask on myself first and that I should go buy myself some M&M’s or flowers. If I had to I should hire a special ed advocate.
We came home and I fed the wild boys. After dinner I sat with Ryan as he did 10 minutes of homework and then Ryan rode his bike as fast and as hard as he could for 10 min. We repeated the cycle and at the end we completed 90% of the homework. Ryan chose to finish the last page so that it was all done.
I then wrote an email to the special ed liaison and said we need to get this homework under control now. I would not have a repeat of last year.
You know I spent the rest of the time googleing special ed advocates them for Philly. Anyone know the name of someone? I am ready for that call.