Thursday, October 24, 2013

Slog, slog, slog

Whine, whine, whine, lol.   It's just not fun to try to keep up at work when I could stand another day or two at home to get over this respiratory bug.  Whine, whine.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Not reading a novel?

I ran across this book when it was free for a day for the Kindle.  I'd seen it and put it on my wishlist and a couple months later, there it was.   It's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.   It's a wonderfully informative book that talks about introverts and extroverts, how we came to value extroversion as a society, and the strengths that introverts offer.   I'm enjoying it so far. 

My new knitting project should be a quicker knit than the baby blanket.  I'm entering stash into Ravelry's database so I have a record of what I have and came across a lovely yarn that I must have picked up on clearance or it was given to me.  It's Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran for those who love yarns to go look up over at Rav.   This lovely cream colored yarn is knitting up nicely.

The pattern is Poppy Neckerchief by Renee Van Hoy.  Another loom knitter made one in white that I loved so it was an easy choice to use the cream colored yarn for this project.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Almost finished baby blanket

Last night I made a swatch with the yarn to see how it would wash and dry.   Beautifully.    So, I tossed the blanket into the machine on the "hand wash" setting and then into the dryer on low.   Everything evened out and it looks very nice.  I found a stitch problem on one corner to fix.  

I'll take the swatch to buy a ribbon and then weave it around the border and it will be finished and ready to gift.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Fall Cold

I have succumbed.   Two sneezing and coughing preschoolers is all it took.  I'm taking the day off and have been using Zicam since bedtime last night, hoping to lessen the severity and/or duration of this bug.

Not plans for the day but might get around to making soup.  I need to go to the pharmacy so may as well stop at the grocery store, too.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

These make me smile with their jingle bell eyes


I'm finally at the stage of calling parents about the screening results and getting consents for Speech Improvement groups.   I've talked to almost all of the parents of the kids who start Monday and Tuesday of next week.  I forgot to call two parents and will probably need an interpreter for one of those parents but will attempt Monday.

My assistant and I were busy bees with copying reports, setting up the file, putting reports and consents in envelopes, and getting them delivered to teachers.  I met two parents as they were picking up their Kinders and have invited other parents to pop in anytime they are on campus.   I do give parents the option to come in and talk to me but by starting with the parents of kids that will be in the groups I have less to explain and all of them have sounded relieved.

I'm in the decreases phase of the baby blanket I'm working on.   I have about 60 rows to go.  It seems like a lot but if I focus in the evenings I can knock out 10 rows while watching Netflix.

 To compare with the last photo:

 All stretched out on the grass.  The loom is 18
inches across so the diagonal measurement is 
somewhere near 36 inches corner to corner.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Saga of the Screenings Continues

I finally got brave enough to count how many screenings I've done.   45.   That was yesterday and didn't include 6 students with consents pending or the 4 referrals I received today.  

The real progress is that I've made decisions about every student screening.  I have two groups that I will start in intervention groups next week.   They are the kids with speech sound patterns that make them difficult to understand and kids whose language difficulties (not as English Language Learners) make it hard for them to learn and progress academically.   I also have a third group of students that I just don't have enough information about them to make a good decision.  They'll join a classmate in coming to speech so I can get to know them better.

My next step is to finally call the parents and either hold a phone conference or ask them to come in to review the screening.  Concurrently, the students who will in interventions will have permission slips sent home. 

I need to ask my principal about how to keep the documents.  Do I create a file/student or file them all together.   All together would be a hot mess.   My other question is if this paperwork is considered confidential.  If it is we need to get one of the locking file cabinets that doesn't lock repaired.  I'm running out of drawer space!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ahhhhhhh, Weekend

There's nothing better than sleeping in on a cool Autumn morning, sipping coffee from a cup, catching up on the internet, and making some time for knitting. 

I'm about halfway now with the baby blanket for a friend.

I received another handful of referrals for speech/language screenings at work this week.  I can't bear to see what the count is.    I have sorted the finished screenings, and I'm including written report in "finished", into categories and it looks like I'll be picking up about 10 kids in the fall speech intervention time slots.  It's more than I wanted or imagined but doable.   

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

38 Oh wow.

Five more screening referrals and it's only Tuesday!  My assistant and I cobbled together a plan for Getting It Done.   She's taking all the groups while I pull in kids to screen one at a time.  I'm in the room to run interference if something doesn't go well.   The kids get to do some new and different activities.  

Yesterday I knocked out 9 screenings and stayed late to write the reports.  Today I knocked out another 9 but stayed late to write an IEP.    I'm going to try to get in early to see if I can get half of the screening reports done before school.   Once the reports are completed I have another 10 or so screenings to accomplish.

Next big task is deciding which kids will be in intervention, which really don't need it, and which we'll put on hold until the winter session of intervention groups.  In the meantime I need to be calling parents and either having a phone meeting or asking them to come into review my report.   Then forming up intervention groups.


Latest knitting project, a baby blanket: