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Monday, May 28, 2018

Kindergarten did not disappoint!

We have finished our first year of school! Brody loved every single minute of it! He had the best kindergarten teacher we could have asked for. She pushed him and knew when to help him. She mastered his Mini-Mic (a microphone that goes straight into his ears to bypass background noise in the classroom) and helped him advocate for himself as needed. He was able to remember to pass the mic off to his special area teachers and even remembered to ask the assembly presenter to wear the mic so he would be able to hear! I didn't post for an entire here is a look back!

We started the school year with reading a story about a little boy with processors like Brody. He used his "super ears" to make him a super hear-o!

We saw the solar eclipse when it passed through!

We played soccer!

We did some vestibular testing at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. It didn't really tell us anything thing we didn't already know. It did, however, give us some statistical data to have written down that shows Brody's lack of balance.

His love for reading grew even more!

We picked some pumpkins at the pumpkin patch with Ella Jo.

Brody found a love for Star Wars this year! He was Luke Skywalker and Ella Jo participated as Princess Leia.

Kentucky hosted their first Walk4Hearing in November. In past years, we had gone to Dayton and participated in that walk. Papa Tom, Aunt Jodi, Uncle Josh, and Lily came down to support the Brody Monsters!

Brody changed his career choice a few times this year. For career day, he wore his astronaut uniform.

Brody's class enjoyed a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!

He wanted to be "fancy" for Thanksgiving at Papa and Grandma's house.

Our Kindergarten school picture...we missed our chance for a hair cut beforehand!

In December, I took Brody to see Dr. Mike (his audiologist) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He absolutely blew me away! He was able to push a button when he heard the sound versus just looking at a video screen in the past. He was able to say when things were too loud or too soft and he got a 100% of the words Dr. Mike said when not in noise. Even in noise, he got 80% of the answers correct!

Basketball is probably not going to be in Brody's future again! He was not the biggest fan or the most coordinated athlete.

Some of Brody's best friends from school on Frosty the Snowman day!

Merry Christmas!

Again his Kindergarten teacher rocked!

Brody was student of the week!

We enjoyed a cold winter in Kentucky!

Brody did a presentation on being a mechanic (a new career choice). He went to Mr. Don's garage. Mr. Don showed Brody how to change a tire, look at a heat sensor, and let him look into a car engine!

Brody was 100 for the 100th day of school!

He started sleeping with an eye mask! 😂

We went to Deaf Awareness Day at the Newport Aquarium!

Brody got to participate in the story of Secretariat when the Kentucky Derby Museum came to his school. He played the owner.

Brody loved the Easter Bunny...Ella did not.

We celebrated Easter in St. Louis with my Aunt Bobbie!

Reds vs. Cardinals game! Brody cried because he had picked to cheer for the Reds and they lost...I told him he picked the wrong team! GO CARDINALS!

We went with Grandma and Papa to the Alabama spring football game.

We went to the Balloon Glimmer during Derby week!

Brody's school did a glow run! Jordan didn't realize it was actually running a mile...we probably shouldn't have eaten dinner beforehand!

Brody completed his requirements for Lion scouts and has moved on to Tiger scouts. He loved cub scouts this year and can't wait until next year!

Brody's class put on a musical "E-I-E-I-Oops!" He was a cow in the play.

Brody is playing baseball again this year! This is probably his best sport. This year they can hit off the tee or let the coach pitch to them. He is doing better with the coach pitching.

Brody had an awards ceremony at school the last day. He received 8 awards. He got a kindergarten certificate and a good attendance award. He also got an art award for excellence in art. Brody got two star performer awards for greatest improvement on Math MAP and Reading MAP (MAP is their standardized testing-Brody scored in the high 90 percentiles in all areas). He received 2 Principal Awards for being in the 90th percentile in math and reading. His most favorite award and the award he was most excited about was that he exhibited "Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood." This award meant that he listened first then acted. That's right, our child who is deaf won an award for listening!

We could not be prouder of Brody and his accomplishments this year. We had his IEP meeting two weeks ago. They used the words "superior intelligence" to describe him! Love this boy! Now bring on summer!


  1. Looks like you had an awesome year! Can't believe how big Brody has gotten. Seems like yesterday meeting him for the first time! Continue to conquer the world Brody!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing!! What an awesome kid!!!