Substitutes and Volunteers

| September 8, 2012

Last year I discovered that at Lyra’s elementary school, they utilize A LOT of parent volunteers in regular classrooms and throughout the school building.  Knowing that most of these volunteers would know little or nothing about albinism, I decided to create a document with some of the need to know information about Lyra.  I thought […]

1st Grade IEP- Parent Concerns

| August 25, 2012

We are still working on finishing up Lyra’s IEP for this year.  Hopefully we will have the final version completed by the end of next week.  The following is what I wrote to be included in the “Parent Concerns” and “Plans for the Future” sections of her IEP. ________________________________________________ Lyra is a sweet, caring, and […]

Kindergarten IEP

| July 14, 2011

FINALLY!  Here is Lyra’s IEP for next year.  It’s definitely not perfect, but it’s okay…for now.  We’ll see how things go once school starts.  I’ve been feeling like a total slacker as a parent lately.  I still haven’t scheduled Lyra’s Low Vision evaluation and the first day of school is only a month away.  Until […]

Lyra Graduates from Preschool

| May 19, 2011

I am still in denial that she is actually going to be starting kindergarten this fall.  She’s too LITTLE for kindergarten! I tell her I don’t want her to grow up, but then she tells me, “it’s okay mommy, I’ll still be your baby.”

Tips for Successful IEP Meetings

| January 3, 2011

Below is the long version of an article I wrote that was published in the latest issue of Albinism Insight.  This is not a comprehensive list.  I’m not a teacher, although i do have a teaching degree.  The advice I give is based on my experience as a parent, having 2 children(ages 4 and 14) […]

Lyra’s New IEP

| September 4, 2010

We finally completed Lyra’s IEP for the 2010-2011 school year.  Probably the biggest difference between this year’s IEP and last year’s is in the number of goals.  Last year we had only 2 goals and this year there are 5. Communication and teamwork among Lyra’s IEP team members, including myself has improved significantly compared to […]

Successful 1st Year of Preschool

| July 27, 2010

This is the first of several posts that are LONG overdue!  There is so much I have to talk about that I hardly know where to begin.  Plans for next year are looking really good, but before I start talking about her new IEP, let me just summarize this past year… Lyra had a very […]

3rd Quarter Preschool Progress

| March 31, 2010

The information below is from Lyra’s 3rd quarter progress reports from the private preschool she attends. The first section is from her braille instructor and the other is from her regular classroom teacher.  I am quite pleased with their reports.  😀 Lyra uses a braillewriter adapted with unifix cubes on the keys. She inserts paper […]