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Supreme Court Supports Special Needs Education


by Lillian Csernica on March 22, 2017

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Today the Supreme Court ruled to improve educational benefits for special needs students!

This is wonderful news. With Trump in office, I’ve been very worried about what programs will remain in place to support my sons as they “age out” of the county educational system. This sets a precedent that will prompt positive decision-making!

Get the details here!

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The Writing On the Wall


by Lillian Csernica on June 2, 2014

My writer’s group often uses prompts.  This month’s prompt is “The Letter.”  In my mind that phrase immediately conjures the image of fine stationery covered with cursive writing.  The envelope might match or it might not, but it would also have cursive writing on it.  When I was young I soon decided my handwriting would never match the elegance of my mother’s or my grandmother’s, so I went the other way and adopted my father’s style of block printing.  I liked the way it looked, and Heaven knows it was much more legible.

Now that the keyboard has replaced the ink pen, what we have gained in speed and legibility we now know we are paying for in the loss of other very important skills.

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Why Those Skills Are Important

Lack of Home Support Means School Support is All the More Crucial

Long Term Consequences: The Big Picture

Forgive me for relying on links, but they’re the easiest way to provide the information I think is essential in the most compact form here on my blog.  All of the articles above apply to mainstream children.  They mean all the more for the special needs kids who are starting off with certain deficits.

I’m scared.  I look at what’s happening in our schools and what’s NOT happening, and I think about the phrase “the hope of the future.”  That hope is looking pretty weak at this point, given the literacy levels of high school students in the U.S.  We have to drop back to the preschool level and start filling in the gaps in our children’s educations.  As much as I’d give my left arm to have my sons be healthy, normal people, for many years now I’ve been very glad they’re in Special Ed, getting annual IEPs with updates whenever my husband and I felt them necessary.

The handwriting is on the wall.  The future is at stake.  People still do handwriting analysis to learn about themselves and their futures.  That practice will go the way of the soap box derby if our children are no longer taught cursive writing.  The loss of cursive writing means the loss of cognitive skills.  We can’t afford to lose any ground, not one inch, not one synapse.

Please, for the love of our kids, for the love of all the kids who need us to stand up and demand what they don’t know they aren’t getting, let’s talk to the principals, the school boards, the politicians and everybody in the chain of command who keeps weakening the skill sets our children must have to repair the damage the world has suffered and to build a new world a better way.

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Smiley Hieroglyphics


by Lillian Csernica on June 15, 2013

TWO SMILEYS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW:

Pffffft.  They haven’t invented the smiley that can sum up an average day at our house.  The shark, maybe, or the crazy face.  Otherwise too much gets left out.

😀   I am happy that the school year went so well and ended on a high note.  I am happy that I have a new laptop and found my novel file intact after the transfer.  I am happy that the weather has been reasonably mild so far, keeping me from feeling like my brain is boiling inside my skull.  I have waist-length hair and I can’t wear it up because it gives me a headache.  Try wearing a fur coat all summer long.  Makes me feel deep sympathy for my cats.

😛   There’s all the usual stuff to be anxious about, along with a few new items that are just so wonderful I don’t even want to talk about them.  Anxiety management is an important life skill.  They really ought to teach it in high school.  Now that would be something valuable to carry with us, especially when facing the rigors of trying to get into a good university.

So much for this, the penultimate item of the 10 Day Challenge.  The grand finale will feature “:-( One Confession.”  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

This is my first name in hieroglyphics, courtesy of Hieroglyphic Print Machine version 2

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Unspoken Thoughts


by Lillian Csernica on June 7, 2013

Yes, another blog challenge.  What can I say?  They’re fun.

Ten Things I Want To Say To Ten Different People Right Now:

My best friend when I was in high school:  I wonder what you’re really like, behind that know-it-all self-righteous online persona.

My sister: Let go.  Be a smart lifeguard and don’t get drowned by the one you’re trying to save.

My high school junior year English teacher:  You were right.

All the nurses who pulled twelve hour shifts with Michael when he was in the NICU:  He’s seventeen!  He’ll graduate from high school next year!

Killian:  I hope your wife appreciates you.

Cliff:  I’m pretty sure I’ve fallen in love with you on some level.  We both know where that level will stay.

My godfather: I hope you’re at peace, I really do.

My brother:  Wish we lived closer together.

My fairy godmother: You’re the best.

My first grade teacher:  Thank you for teaching me discipline.

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