Friday, January 6, 2012

Excuse the Lack of Posting

You may not be hearing from me too much over the next week or so.  Here's why...

1.  Caleb's birthday party is tomorrow (Lego Mania!!)
2.  Caleb's actually birthday is on Monday, the 9th.
3.  Matt will be gone for a conference Monday the 9th -Wednesday the 11th.
4.  I work Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (11th-13th).
5.  Matt leaves for a youth ski retreat Friday the 13th and will be gone until Monday the 16th.
6.  I take my ESOL Praxis exam on Saturday the 14th (any free time between now and Saturday will be spent continuing my studying crusade!)
7.  I am speaking at an interdisciplinary conference at UMMC on Tuesday the 17th.

Yep, just a few things keeping me busy!! 

So, please don't think anything is wrong....if there is, I will blog!!  I might have a few things over the next week, but probably not too much.  Otherwise, just assume that I am going crazy trying to hold down the fort around here while studying my eyeballs out for this exam. 

BTW:  Why do the test writers find it important for us to know the positions of the tongue in letter formation?  I really don't see myself telling a kid to put his tongue in the labiodental position to form the /f/ sound....especially when said kid is learning English. 

There's my rant for the moment.  Alright, back to studying!!


Erin and Scott said...

Actually tongue positioning can prove to be very important. It has been determined that understanding some of Mouse's communications is a result not of his cleft palate but the fact that Mandarian has very few words that have ending consonants so the actual way that the Chinese shape their mouths and place their tongue in order to speak is very different than the way we do it. This is also in part why it is easier for a child to learn a new language as well. Their mouths are not as trained to move in only one way. This is way over simplifying the science of it.

A child who gets esol services will more than likely not qualify to meet with the SLP as it has already been determined to be a language issue, so making sure that the child can be understood in English would definately be important. This is also why we will never allow Mouse to be classified as ESOL and why we are glad the cleft gives us good reason to prevent that.

Debbie said...

Julie, Pray that your test went well yesterday and that the conference on Tuesday goes well. You have much to offer and hopw it is a great experience for you and that the audience will grasp onto your knowledge base as a well-informed and well-involved mom.