The transition from summer to fall is a magical time. Dusk creeps up on you a little earlier each evening. The air cools down just enough to make you lightly brush your hands over your arms. But the most magical thing about this time is when all at once the kids go back to school and those who were perfectly fine are suddenly sniffling and snotty and feverish and coughing and just plain sick. Can someone tell me how this happens? You can't because it's magic. One day no one is sick and the next day everyone is a walking snot machine.
Jacob and I have been sick for a few weeks now. James goes in and out of it. And Katelyn has been snotty all week - thank goodness, not of the attitude variety. I'm so congested and phlegmy it's disgusting. I can't tell if Francesca's congestion is because she is a bit sick too or if she's starting to teethe. She turns four months on Sunday and she's been biting me all week. I can't see any teething signs yet on her gums, but her behavior is pretty clear.
Even more magical, nay, special, than the spontaneous germination of the fall transition, is the amazing thing that happened this week. My kids are attending public school for the first time. And while I do worry about parts of their education because they no longer have bible class or dedicated art and music programs and Katelyn doesn't bring home as much homework as she did last year, I am totally impressed by their reading program. Whatever they have done is a mini miracle for us.
Katelyn has struggled with reading for various reasons, which I won't go into - and not one of those reasons is what my mother told her principal in passing at Costco this week, which is that she's lazy . . . can you believe that my mother told my children's principal that my daughter is lazy?! It's not true at all! Oh, and get this, the principal is one of Katelyn's special reading teachers. And my mother told her that my daughter is lazy! Ugh! My mother told me, "but I didn't mean it like that". Then why did you say it?!
I gave the kids their after school snack on Wednesday and then had them start their homework. But Katelyn wanted to read to me first. Okay, fine. Part of her daily homework is that she has to read for 15-20 minutes. So she read. And she read better than she's ever read before. And she kept reading. All she wanted to do was read. She did her other homework, showered, had dinner. But between each new task, she read. When her cousin Mele came over, Katelyn read to her. Then Mele read to Katelyn. It was truly amazing.
I don't know exactly what they did, but I know reading is a priority at this school. As it should be. A child can't excel in her other subjects if she can't read the books and materials. Katelyn and the other students are receiving specialized reading instruction to meet them at whatever level they are and bring them to where they should be. It is exactly what she needed.
One day I will introduce her to the world of Twilight and we will bond over sparkly vampires and giant wolves.