Last week I was watering some flowers in front of the house when my husband spotted water coming up out of the ground near our well and in my flower bed. As we inspected the situation, we discovered a mallard and her nest just feet from the water. We had someone come out to look at the well and found that we need to dig down 6 feet to repair it and the worst part is momma duck and her nest are right where we need to dig. We contacted the DNR and with their guidance, we were instructed to move the nest. We transplanted all the surrounding plants about 5 feet from the original nest and then dug all around the nest and underneath, doing our best not to disturb the eggs. While we dug around and underneath the nest, momma duck sat on her nest, guarding her eggs. She refused to leave until the very end when we were about to make the transfer. This momma was willing to risk her own life to protect her soon to be ducklings.
This momma duck's dedication to her young reminds me of the many parents that walk through my office door. Their dedication to fight for their kiddo. Their dedication to stop at nothing until they get the help and answers their children deserve. Their dedication to protect their child, regardless of what other's may say or think. Their dedication to not give up. For all you "momma ducks" out there, your dedication has not gone unnoticed!
I am happy to report that there is a happy ending to our little adventure. Momma duck has come back and has settled into her newly located nest dedicated as ever!
A BIG Congrats to Aydan for completing the Davis Young Learners Program! Aydan's determination and positive outlook is beyond admirable! Thank you for letting me be part of your journey to becoming a reader!
Blog - Part 4 & 5
(Part 4 and 5 are the final entries of my blog. I had good intentions of continuing, but as we all know life takes its own twists and turns.)
Tuesday,April 10th, 2012
Parker is a day and a half into the Davis Dyslexia Program and I am so excited about all that he has learned! I felt a huge pull toward the Davis Program, but I have to admit there was a small part of me that was a bit skeptical. We live in a society that wants or maybe even expects a quick fix, but many times the quick fix is a band-aid that covers the wound but doesn't correct it. So when I met with Cindi (the Davis Facilitator) and she mentioned that Parker would experience significant improvement in a weeks time, I certainly had some doubts. Those doubts and skepticism no longer exist!
Monday morning started out with Parker rating himself on a scale of 1-5 on several different categories- reading, writing, spelling, math, sports, interests, relationships, writing, communication. It was eye-opening to hear where he saw himself. This is something that I would love to try individually with students. Later I filled out the same questionnaire about Parker from my perspective. This information allowed Cindi to have a clear understanding of possible triggers that Parker may experience. A trigger is anything that causes disorientation. Disorientation isthe loss of one's position or direction in relation to other things; a state of mind in which mental perceptions do not agree with the true facts and conditions of the environment.
I have more I want to share but have run out of time this afternoon. I hope to add more tomorrow!
Tuesday, April 11th, 2012
When the idea of Parker having Dyslexia first came to mind, I viewed Dyslexia with having reading, spelling, and writing problems and reversing letters. Yes, these problems do exist along with others, but I have also learned that individuals that are Dyslexic also have abilities that many other individuals do not experience.
These are the abilities that Ronald Davis has listed in The Gift of Dyslexia. 1. They can utilize the brain's ability to alter and create perceptions. 2. They are highly aware of the environment. 3. They are more curious than average. 4. They think mainly in pictures instead of words. 5. They are highly intuitive and insightful. 6. They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all senses). 7. They can experience thought as reality. 8. They have a vivid imagination.
These are abilities that I see in Parker. It is exciting to know that there are gifts that Parker possesses due to how he perceives things, but with those gifts come some obstacles.
There are two kinds of thought verbal conceptualization (thinking with the sounds of words) and nonverbal conceptualization (thinking with mental pictures of concepts or ideas). Most people think using verbal conceptualization. About 20% think using nonverbal conceptualization. Our education system primarily centers around verbal conceptualization. That leaves 20% of our kiddos trying to learn in a way that is not aligned with their way of thinking.
(Sorry if the above was a bit mind-numbing, but I want to explain a little bit about Dyslexia. There is certainly more to it, but I'm hoping that this will help as I share about Parker's experience in the Davis program.)
After Cindi, identified areas that were of concern to Parker and me, she began with Parker identifying his "mind's eye". The mind's eye is what views a person's mental images or is what looks at our imagination. (This is somewhat involved and I won't go into detail, but is explained thoroughly in The Gift of Dyslexia.) Parker was able to do this with ease:)
There is a great deal filtering through my mind that I want to share. Unfortunately, I am somewhat slow at expressing my thoughts through writing. More to come tomorrow!
Parker and Cyndi Deneson
Celebrating Parker's completion of the Davis Dyslexia Program in 2012
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