Posted by Rebecca Bingham, Special Needs Mommie | Posted in The Special Needs Mommy | Posted on 18-08-2010
Tags: homework, kindergarten, public school, routines, schedule, summer
Did you have a good summer?
Our family has had a pretty good summer. There wasn’t as much fighting as there could have been. There was a bit more adventuring than I planned on. I even managed to get the closets and drawers all cleaned out (my version of a successful summer break). I think that even the kids would agree that they got to do most of the things they wanted to do on their summer list.
By August I am always ready to have the kids back on a schedule; sleeping, meals, and therapies. Life settles into a regular routine with predictable events like homework lists and soccer practice. Welcome relief in our house.
This year my second child is going to Kindergarten. He is an October birthday so we decided to wait and send him this year instead of last year. Last year he was clearly not ready. I am launching my son into his public school career (get ready schools….). We are no longer buffered by the world of the preschool that work with kids with sensory issues. I met his new teacher and she seems really prepared. I have full confidence in her ability to integrate Cubby, but I still worry. I know the things that he struggles with are things that can be very disruptive in a classroom and make it hard for him to make friends. We have seen great strides this last year and has worked very, very hard. I am so proud of him. The prayer in my mamma heart these days is that he will be able to remember and utilize all the skills he has been practicing . I know that he CAN be successful in a regular school setting. I am not at all sure that he WILL be successful. Right now we are focusing on our first day of school tradition. In our house you can choose anything that you want for breakfast. ANYTHING. In the past we have had steak, cupcakes, soda, BBQ ribs and eggs (boring). This makes them really excited to get up that first morning and helps them focus less on the scary parts 0f going back to school.
Ready or not……
P.S. This is a short one, we are on our way to Hawaii for an awesome adventure. I”ll post about it next week. Happy First Week of School to the rest of you!