So my kiddo, the one that drives me crazy and makes me want to pull my hair out at times has accomplished something quite amazing in his 9 years of life. You see this kid is smart as heck! But he’s easily distracted. Let’s say a million things go through his head at one time and focus tends to be an issue…at least it was until April of last year when we finally were able to get a doctor’s diagnosis and some help for his lack of focus with a low dose medication.
While the medication has helped him focus, I’m only giving a small credit to it, but the rest to my hard-working son. My sweet obnoxious boy has been to 5 different elementary schools! I’ll list them below:
Kinder and First Grade: Same Elementary School (The only school so far where he’s gone two years in a row)
Second Grade: New School across town because we moved (He changed schools because we moved across town and there was a bus he could hop on at the end of the block where we moved. and I figured in the long, run it would have been better, especially if I started working outside the home.)
Third Grade: School on the Western Slope of Colorado / School on the Front Range of Colorado (This was the summer we moved to Colorado, he attended the first school for three months before transferring to the second school when we packed up yet again and moved 230 miles away.
Why then would I change his school again after him being in four previous schools? There’s a lot of reasons, but they boil down to the neighborhood the school was in, some bullies at his school, poor school performance records and high teacher and principal turn over rates.
Fourth Grade: Current Charter School (Unnamed for Privacy) This school is one of the top performing schools on Standardized tests in Colorado. This school knows how to prepare their students for these tests and this school does “targeted learning” for each student in areas they struggle with personalizing the child’s education to what they need to work on the most. This school had everything I wanted for the kids. and to our luck, they won the lottery and their names were drawn to attend, which at the time I signed them up, I thought it was a long shot! This just goes to show how good God is!
When I found out they would be attending at the end of the last school year, I prepared the kids. We worked in grade level workbooks through the summer to make sure the kids were starting school right on grade level. JJ has struggled with academic gaps in his education because of all the transfers to different schools. He had lower than grade level reading and math scores. He also had undiagnosed ADHD and with each school transfer, we were unable to get him on a 504 or targeted educational help until we finally settled where we are living now. The school transfers put him at a disadvantage with his peers who have had a consistent education at one school their entire lives. He hasn’t let that stop him though. He’s a master of accepting change and adapting to different standards. It doesn’t phase him anymore.
When the kids started this school I worried more for Jaydon than for Braidy. It’s easier to start a new school in the first grade than it is in the fourth grade. I worried he wouldn’t make friends right away or that the curriculum would be too hard for him. But I can see now that maybe I worried too much because he’s doing amazing!
At this school children are encouraged to ask questions and take notes on things they don’t understand which are addressed during their targeted learning time. The children become advocates for their own education. I can’t tell you how proud I am that Jaydon has overcome another year as the new student at school and not only that, he’s thriving!
He’s made the Honor Roll! After four school transfers he made the Honor Roll!!
When you transfer so many times, your academics can suffer and as parents of this persistent kid, I have to admit before we settled here in NOCO and that last year we were living in Flagstaff my focus as a mom was on my husband’s health, his job and moving…twice…no three times!! I was not as focused on helping him succeed academically because we had a lot going on as a family those years. That’s hard on a kid, especially a kid with ADHD.
This kid is finally right where he’s supposed to be. He’s finally able to shine!
Also to my surprise, he’s joined the school Spelling Bee and has been studying the spellings and meanings of over a hundred words each evening after school. He’s decided to do this on his own with no pressure from me! In fact, his teacher called me Tuesday afternoon to tell me that Jaydon was dismissed to Spelling Bee practice until 4:30, so I wouldn’t wait for him in drive-line, which is how I found out he joined!
JJ one day you’ll read this and I want you to know just how proud I am of you. You amaze me with your ability to adapt. Keep working hard and keep shooting for the stars because you will go far as long as you put in the effort. You have seen how much you’ve been able to change your scores when you study and put in the effort! Persistence is a good quality to have and it will get you far in life. Keep doing your very best and never stop asking questions!
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