Kat Reading

Kat Reading

Monday, February 1, 2016

Nominated for...

Miss Kat received a letter today from her middle school nominating her for National Junior Honor Society. Her grades for the last two semesters plus her teachers' reports have made her eligible to apply! I couldn't be more proud of her!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

I don't know what to say...

When we first started this journey, I noticed that a lot of CI blogs would start off strong and then after a period of time, the writing would slow down and then eventually just stop. The writer would no longer update about what was happening in their daily life. I was always disappointed when this happened and I wondered why. Now, I understand.

I have nothing left to say. Our life is so boring and typical. Miss Kat goes to school, comes home and does her homework. She reads voraciously. She goes to Girl Scouts and sewing class. We attend church and she hangs out with her friends. What exactly am I supposed to write about?

Sure, she is still getting services from a really great teacher of the deaf, so I could write about those goals. She sees an SLP about twice a month, so I could talk about what they are working on. And maybe I will, but really, our life is so common that it is often seems unnecessary to document things.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What a star!!

What a week for Miss Kat. She has memorized a scene for her drama class (something that is extremely hard for her) and scored proficient of her 6th grade math test (up from 3rd grade at the beginning of the year)! She is also going to end the semester with straight A's. She has grown tremendously this year and has absolutely risen to the occasion of being in a mainstream school.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The beauty that is our life...

I am so proud of Miss Kat. She is doing beautifully in school, she had her first band concert (she plays guitar) and her drama teacher says that she has never seen a student with such an expressive face and voice. But most of all, I am proud of the faithful young woman she is becoming. She went to her room today and prepared our Family Home Evening lesson completely on her own. She read about Hannah and Samuel and taught us about faith. She also has been working diligently on her Personal Progress, and is always pushing us to attend the temple more. She is a shining star with a strong testimony, and I am so thankful to have her in our lives.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nothing left to say...

I so rarely blog anymore because I feel as though I have nothing left to say. Miss Kat is perfectly typical. She goes to school, she has friends, she loves Girl Scouts, she helped babysit today at church, she wants to know why more people didn't join the book club at school...Her hearing loss rarely comes up in more than a routine way.

"Did you switch your batteries?"
"Remember to synch your FM"
"If it is too noisy at the carnival, I'll ask them to speak up"
"I'll go see if they will turn on the captions for me"

Things like that.

School is going beautifully, Miss Kat is doing well. She really liked Health last semester, but also like Drama. I think she will love Family and Consumer Sciences! Social Studies has been the hardest class for her, there is a ton of vocabulary to remember, but she is beginning to bloom as a writer.

I did not see this as our life 10 years ago when we found out about her hearing loss, and I certainly couldn't imagine it 7 years ago when she got her first CI. Amazing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Learning Language

I remember sitting and watching one of Miss Kat's speech sessions just after her implant. She was working on discriminating between two fairly different sounding words. Then the therapist read a story that targeted one of the words. I saw that while she was gaining vocabulary, the therapist was having to teach one word at a time. In that moment, I was struck with the pure impossibility of teaching a child every word in the English language individually. It was an task that surely no one could do. There just simply wasn't enough time.

I was absolutely right, but I was also wrong. It is impossible to individually teach every word through therapy. But, I was missed was that because of her CIs, Miss Kat would NOT need to learn them that way. She would eventually be able to pick up language through context, brief explanations, conversation and reading. When these skills fell into place, her language exploded.