Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The End is Near

Originally posted here

A year and a half ago, we toured our parish primary school and met with the preschool teacher, Miss M.  In February, we made that school our choice and filled out the application.  Soon after, we learned that Bobby's speech was severely delayed and he began therapy in advance of starting 2 morning a week preschool.  His speech and behavior began to improve, we did a lot with the social story about going to school, to get both he and Maya ready for school, and, come September, preschool came with a bang.  Bobby was evaluated by the IU, given a diagnosis, and by January, he had a one-on-one aide with him in school, which made a world of difference.  It's been an interesting school year, to say the least.

And, in 2 weeks, it's over.

I cant believe it. 

I'm actually really sad.  I love- adore- their preschool teacher.  She is amazing.  And the kids have had a BLAST.  They've learned so much.  They have grown up so much.  I cant imagine the year without everyone at school.  From their teacher to the class aides and principal and supplemental teachers (like the gym and music teachers, and librarian), to Bobby's IU therapists and aide... So much has made this huge impact on them and on us. It's like we've gained more family, we are so appreciative to these special, special folks.

My heart breaks that the school year is coming to a close, even though I know we'll be back in September!  (And, while we don't have the same relationship with the PreK teacher, it's only because she isn't their teacher... Having met and talked with her several times, she seems like a gem, too!)

The kids will be home from the second week of June through the end of the month, without any organized 'preschool'.  We'll go back to homeschool, we'll have playgroup, and we'll hit the local playgrounds as much as I can (at 33-37 weeks pregnant!), and then they will start "summer school", a three morning a week camp program.  This will run for July and August (for them) and then, they'll have 2 weeks off (and Baby Michael will be here- EEK!) before they start 5 morning PreK.  Wow... This is the next four months... Scary!  How did my babies get to be so big?

So, a special thank you and big prayers for all the teachers who play such a huge role in our little ones' lives.  Thanks for helping all of grow this first year, and for the promise of bright days to come.

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