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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I'm so glad we can agree to disagree. We didn't have any bashing in the comments on that last post.
Just respectful disagreeing opinions.
I'm so proud of you! :)
Enough politics...we're moving on.
There's been a little change in Maddie's weekly routine.
My little girl is going to preschool four days a week now, instead of just two.
We have seen such a huge improvement in her bonding over the last six months. It just isn't as much of an issue as it was back in August, and since we KNOW she's learning a ton at preschool, we felt like the two extra days would do her good.
I'm a little sad.
Its so quiet around here.
I miss my Madster.
What am I going to do with myself when she heads off to Kindergarten?
Speaking of which, there's some new thoughts on her school plans.
We're thinking of sending Maddie to Kindergarten next year after all.
Turns out there's a STRONG elementary school program in our district for kids with hearing disabilities.
From what I understand, the kids have their own teacher (not just a para)...who works with them on signing and gives them extra-one-on-one help while they are in the mainstream kindergarten room. They are also pulled out into another kindergarten room (where its quieter) so they can work on some of the fundamentals.
We hadn't given any thought to sending Maddie to kindergarten next fall until her preschool told us the school district sometimes gives them trouble about the preschool continuing IEP services AFTER the child turns six.
Since Maddie would turn six in Feb. 2010, we would have to either petition the district to let the preschool continue services, just let her go to the district for services or just skip getting services until she starts kindergarten (six months later).
No services is not an option.
There's no guarantees with petitioning the district - lately they've been a little cranky.
So we're thinking of sending Maddie to kindergarten this Fall with the expectation she'll need to repeat. That way if she does well, we'll be pleasantly surprised...if not, she'll get two years of extra kindergarten help to give her a solid academic start.
We're supposed to have a meeting in the next few weeks to go over more of our options.
I am anxious to learn more about the kindergarten program...and to hear what our options are.
I'm just a little nervous about sending my baby off to kindergarten so soon.

10 salty messages:

Tina in CT January 21, 2009 at 3:00 PM  

Sounds like a great plan. All that extra help for her with her hearing, etc. As you wrote, if she has to be in kindergarten for two years, so what? She'll learn things the second time around that she missed the first year. Better to know that she'll have the extra services than gamble on the school district come Feb. 2010.

As for the 4 days for this year for preschool, from your blog, she seems to be doing so well in bonding and school so the extra days will be such a plus for her. She is like a sponge soaking up everything. So, so happy to read that she is doing so well! As for your time, it'll give you time to get to those chores that there are never enough hours in the day for. You can also enjoy just having time to sit with the cat or dog and a good book. Once the warm weather is here, you can work in the yard.

Amblin,  January 21, 2009 at 3:12 PM  

I totally understand about the kindergarten thing. My youngest son starts Kindergarten this fall. The sounds you hear will be me wailing in the parking lot after I walk him bravely to class! LOL

Oh, I was "annonymous" in the last post comment. Sorry 'bout that! I clicked the wrong circle when I was choosing an identity!

Christine January 21, 2009 at 4:01 PM  

We made that mistake Tami. Don't let the school push you sway you into making a decision that you don't feel comfortable with.

Soralis January 21, 2009 at 5:43 PM  

Good luck with Kindergarten, hope you can get things worked out! I am totally dreading my kiddo's going to Kindergarten!

Take care

PIPO January 21, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

Good luck with the changes coming along! Follow your gut.

Nataliya January 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM  

Great idea! Especially if you are fortunate to live in town with the program for kids with hearing disabilities. Having a one-on-one teacher working on signing is just awesome. And as you said, she can always repeat kindergarten. But I think Maddie will do just fine there!

pam,  January 22, 2009 at 9:27 AM  

this is pam, off the subject i know but i did get your tax info thanks!! have you guys had any luck selling your house back here? just wondering how that was coming hadn't mentioned it lately maybe a sore subject sorry if it is. but just wondering.

Tami January 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM  

We haven't had any luck selling the house yet. Actually, we just got on the market about a month ago and have had a few people walk through. The market just stinks right now...especially in small towns.
I have a feeling its going to take awhile...which is why I'm so desperate to find a job...or at least some way of bringing in income.
We've also thought about renting it out, but quite frankly we haven't had luck doing that in the past and want to avoid the headaches if at all possible. ;)

Tina in CT January 22, 2009 at 11:01 AM  


I just read about your house and am sad to see that you still own it. I know you want to get it sold so that you can move on and buy a house where you now are. I hope things pick up and that a buyer comes along for you in the spring when the real estate market picks up.


kate January 22, 2009 at 12:22 PM  

I think you should go visit first and, if you're happy, send her. I think she'll do better in the kindergarten situation you described than she would in preschool.

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