Feb 28, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
My last post was a stretch
As they say no news is good news
The most exciting thing going on today is that I bought Karrick
a pair of way cool expensive shoes.
He has problems putting on shoes himself. It
probably stems from his lack of core strength issues
which resulted in him not walking until 2
and unable to hold a pencil correctly thus far.
With the wide Velcro T shaped
tongue it's easy to get shoes on himself
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
Lombard District 44 is proud of our Discover Earth Through Math and Science Center. The Discovery Center was developed to implement innovative technologies through creative, engaged learning experiences for children in science and math. The center is located within Manor Hill School at 1464 S. Main St. in Lombard. We are in the midst of 5.0 years of operation in which students in grades K - 5 are bused to the Discovery Center to become scientists and lab technicians exploring scientific discoveries with high-tech tools for learning.
PROJECT EXPAND BLOCK 2
this week the gifted program started block 2. Callahan 's PROJECT EXPAND teacher emailed me a wonder letter saying how excited she is for Callahan to be part of this block on alternative energy resources. She feels he will be challenged and focused.
Mrs. Baltmanis was equally excited to again this year to fill out Callahan's recommendation letter to participate at IMSA (Il Math and Science Academy)summer program
Callahan is the only kid in his Project Expand class that
has been identified as Gifted in more than 1 area
so constant communication with all his teachers is vital
We, the clever and creative Project Expand thinkers of Pleasant Lane School, plan to have fun, solve problems and think outside the box by working as a team, focusing on tasks and NEVER giving up.
IT'S RAD TO RENEW! That is the slogan for this block of study. The students have been asked by our District 44 Technology Coordinator to design a website on alternative energy options that will be posted on our district website. This website is meant to educate the District 44 community about alternative energy resources that will help sustain our environment for future generations. Please visit Pleasant Lane School's website, classrooms, and then Alternative energy website to see the 4th graders' work in progress and completed pages. What a great technological experience, as well as a wonderful research opportunity!
Callahan's Alternative Energy source is Nuclear Power
Our second block of study will be It’s RAD to Renew: interactions with scientific and natural resources that can be used to develop alternative energy sources. This block uses a problem based learning (PBL) approach. Project Expand’s PBL units are developed to challenge students to "learn to learn”. This approach capitalizes on their own natural curiosities, guides them in the research process, and develops their critical thinking abilities. The students will work cooperatively in groups or individually to develop a recommendation about a real world issue.
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 9, 2009
Three years ago this past November I was in a car accident.
A 76 year old man with Alzheimer's blew through a intersection.
I was on my way to a photo shoot with Callahan and Karrick
I thank God that I was driving the old Ford Explorer aka: the Tank.
It was totaled but we were intact.
Funny, the day before I removed the car seats as
I did periodically to re install them for a tight fit.
I suffered whiplash and permanent nerve damage. I have had nerve relocation surgery on my right elbow. I have also had 4 outpatient procedures Facet Injections
at C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 on both sides. I have also had numerous
trigger point injections. I take Lyrica
for constant burning, tingling pain in my arms and hands.
I will have a headache and neck pain for life.
The doctors and I get a good laugh during all
my injections due to the loud bubble popping noise as each needle
is injected. That is due to the chronic inflammation and muscle spasms.
The noise is worse than the pain of the needle. Very gross.
My activity with my boys has been forever altered
I honestly would take a painless life over any monetary settlement
No amt can replace what I've lost
Now to my Fighting Back
I am pledging to my family to get back in shape and rejoin the world
pain or no pain.
I know there are things I can change in my diet to reduce Cortisol
Melissa, I need your acupuncture lady. Only referrals are in Naperville. To far!
I am going to document it all on a separate blog
to keep me motivated and to hopefully see the transformation
Cheesy as cheesy can be... I KNOW
Sunday February 8th 2009
I went to the movies last night while Tim had movie night with the boys at home. I saw "he's just not that into you'. I liked it a lot. A feel good chick movie.
translation: Very soft