Kat Reading

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

"She's mainstreaming?! Aren't you so proud?"

Or excited? Or ecstatic? Or thrilled? Or pleased? Or overjoyed?

No, not really.

I am not looking forward to fighting for everything again. For Miss Kat having mountains of homework. I'm not excited about working with people who have no idea how to meet her needs, with people who don't think she needs her accommodations, that think it is "unfair" for her to get them. I am not looking forward to her being different. I am not thrilled that she will face the struggles of being the new kid, peer pressure, and everything else ugly that comes with middle school.

It is just to strange. People act like Miss Kat graduating is some kind of weight OFF my shoulders, like somehow now we have crossed a finish line. Instead, it is the very OPPOSITE. It is a huge burden, the START of the real battle, not the end.

I just don't get it.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

"I have two conditions...

conditions, I learned that word. From TV."

Sunday, January 25, 2015

In regards to talking to her Great-Grandfather

Miss Kat says:

""Old people can sometimes be interesting. They look boring, but their lives, when they were younger, they can talk about it and be interesting."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dolly Madison and Fundraising efforts

Miss Kat has had some amazing opportunities through her school this year. She got to be the "Spokes-kid" for THIS wonderful charity a few weeks ago. She was also invited to speak at a fundraising event last week. She did wonderfully, was poised and shared her story beautifully.


In her project based learning class this semester, the students are learning about American History. As their final project, they put on a "museum" and invited the parents to come and see the exhibits. Miss Kat was Dolly Madison.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Middle School and puberty hits...

Oh baby girl, how you have grown...

This week Miss Kat has come home with big news. There are two boys at school who like her. She is intentionally stringing them along and not telling them her feelings. (She even said, "I hope they don't talk to each other!") Tonight, she has been telling us how she is going to handle the inevitable question that MUST be answered on Monday, which is "Miss Kat, do you like me?!?" She says that she will first enquire of HIM, "Do you like me?!" So, pray tell, what do you plan to say if he says YES, my little one??

Her answer? "Hmmmm....I don't know. He is really funny. I like that. And he's kinda cute..."

And now she is working on a note to leave "from a secret admirer".

Oh boy...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Parent Panel

I had the opportunity to speak to some Deaf Ed students today at Miss Kat's school. I shared our story and the ups and downs of our journey to this point. It was really interesting to hear the perspectives of the other parent who was on the panel as well. I really love getting to talk to future professionals and hearing from other families.

During the meeting, one of the students asked how I felt about Miss Kat heading to the mainstream next year. I explained that while we feel some trepidation, we also know that will make it. I stated that for us, the biggest gift that her oral school has given Miss Kat is opening the door to reading. She has the world at her fingertips now that she is a fluent reader. BUT, a close second is that they have taught her to advocate for herself. My daughter does not stand for not understanding! She asks for clarification, moves to be closer to a speaker, and even tonight, at a church activity, when someone mentioned that they would be putting on a movie, she walked up and asked them to turn on the subtitles for her. She knew what she needed for access, and she got it. She will not be left behind. She won't allow it.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's official!

Miss Kat has caught up enough that she will graduate this year! Next year she will be starting 6th grade in a hearing school.

Time to panic!