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.