A few weeks ago, the girls headed back to school with bright new backpacks, clean and pressed uniforms and all shiny new school supplies.
More than a new school year, both girls began new chapters in their education. Allana begins middle school in the same K-8 school as her sister but now she will have her very own locker and she is super excited about that.
Emmalynn begins third grade and faces the dreaded FCAT for the first time. She’s a bright girl but has trouble staying on task and completing assignments. Although we mistook her behavior issues for ADHD, Emmalynn recently was diagnosed with oculomotor dysfunction by her optometrist. Her inability to track and focus while reading and writing explains some of the classroom behavior concerns we’ve dealt with during her primary years. I had such mama guilt over that.
Early August, we began vision therapy session to correct it and we’ve already seen huge progress in just a short amount of time. I also began the process for FCAT modifications so she can receive more time to complete tasks and tests. Now that we have a name for her behaviors, we’ll be less hard on her and be more supportive.
Here’s hoping both girls shining their way through the new school year.
For Music Mondays, I’m now teaming up with my good friend and fellow Marathon Mama, Chrissy.