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I haven't been active in a long time on JM. I really needed to work through the ppd and adjust to tons of changes that have happened over this last year.
All of the boys are pretty great.
He decided he wants to go to art school. This poses a lot of challenges. He has always wanted to go into science. So, all of his extra curricular have been in science and he doesn't have a great portfolio. He has great skill and draws a ton of anime, but he refuses to work on the parts of the portfolio he needs (observational drawing). We are struggling with this.
We tried to get his 504 updated so that he can receive his accommodations on the SAT. Unfortunately, the school system will not dev. 504s for private schools students.
About a month ago we found out that his school is closing in June, next year will be his senior year. We were really thrown for a loop because all private schools around here have already sent out acceptance letters and handed out financial aide. My biggest fear is that he would never pass the state tests required to graduate ( he has severe test anxiety and get all A;s in a class but fail the final). In my investigating I found out that he is passed the classes that require the tests. So we decided to send him back to public school. Two big perks. One we will be able to pay off all of our bills with the tuition that we will not be saving and two he can get a 504 plan for accommodations on his SAT.
We briefly took him of of his meds because they seemed to make him very aggressive. His Dr. wanted to try another med and we are. I would like to see him off completely and don't think they help with his attention.
Is so amazingly wonderful. He is such a love. He is very into bugs right now and he is a complete joker. We just registered him for a primary Montessori program. We really debated a lot over sending him. In the end the fact that his daycare lady has the tv on when ever we come in and that his behavior has changed greatly since an older boy with behavior issues has joined daycare helped us take the leap. He really is super excited about the idea of school. I know he will miss being with his brother all day. Elias and Liam are best buddies. Elias is constantly hugging and loving on him, trying to help him walk, or making him laugh. It is so amazing watching them. Elias started a mixed sports class at the Y yesterday. I didn't get to go, I have step throat. DH said that he did great through the first part and just played around at the end. I think that sounds pretty great since he is the youngest, all the other kids were 5 and 6.
Liam is way bigger than Elias ever was. I think he is going to be pretty tall. I can't believe he is going to be a yr on 5/6. He is close to walking. He is super loud and chatty. He almost always has a smile and he likes to yell at you while gesturing with his one hand LOL. He can say shoe, sock, Eli, doobie, thank you and some other words. This has me totally psyched that he is also going to be very verbal. That is a weight off my shoulders. I am finally really bonding with him over the last two months since the ppd has subsides.
Dh and I
Have went through some struggles but are working through them.
Thank You Justine *SandKmommy* for an awesome siggy
About your DS1 and the art school -
Anime alone won't get him in. They want to see a proficiency (not mastery) of all the basics on principles of design, elements of art, PLUS that he's actually good at art. Just drawing cartoon characters (which is what anime is) isn't going to cut it. One of my aunts is actually a graduate director at the Memphis College of Art, I can ask her what exactly is looked for in a portfolio if you like.
As for his electives, it really shouldn't be too much an issue. As long as he has a sound portfolio and he can get his art teacher to sign off on him (most require some sort of letter of signature from an art teacher) he should be good. My only art elective was 3 years advanced art in high school, most of my electives were actually in agriculture.
I'm glad to hear that you're doing better and that the boys are doing good!
Trish- I definitely know what it take to get into art school, I am an art teacher and both DH and I went to art school. DS1 is very skilled in many forms of art drawing (from observation, imagination), photography, and woodworking. He chooses only to do anime outside of class assignments. We have been trying to no avail to get him to work on observational drawings for his portfolio and to do more self-directed work. He is digging his heels in because we are telling he needs to do these things. I just hope he gets his act together by fall. When I say extracurricular I mean volunteering, camps, clubs have all been science. That doesn't exactly say HEY Art is my passion.
and I want to see more pictures of Mason
Thank You Justine *SandKmommy* for an awesome siggy