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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Maddie has a much better chance of succeeding in kindergarten if we give her two years to finish it.


Today was a day for answers.
A day Shad and I had been waiting for, for quite some time.
This afternoon we met with a bunch of people from Maddie's preschool and the Grab-Your-Lasso school district to talk about her future...t
o figure out what should we do with her next fall.
And we've come to a conclusion.
Maddie has a much better chance of succeeding in kindergarten if we give her two years to finish it.
So she's heading off to kindergarten in the fall.
I have mixed emotions about it. I know its better for her. She'll get an incredibly amount of one-on-one attention.

But she's my BABY!
Thankfully we live in Wyoming, a state which has NOT mortgaged itself to the hilt. They have enough resources to let my daughter have a 'teacher-for-the-deaf' - hereafter referred to the TFTD - because I'm not typing that phrase another 20 times through out this post. :>)
The TFTD will be in Maddie's building...giving her as much help as she needs.
The teacher explained it this way today...
Some of her kids need her services every minute of every day. Others only need her for an hour or so. Maddie could fall anywhere in between.
(I'm thinking it will be all day every day at least that first year).
A one-on-one teacher. It doesn't get much more personal than that!
The TFTD will help fill in the gaps Maddie has in her expressive and receptive language. She'll work with her on everything from basic academic stuff to helping her understand what her friends are doing.

She'll guide her through the complicated world of checking out a book from the library, picking out her lunch in the lunchroom, understanding what the kids are singing about in music class.
She'll teach her not only what an L, O and G are, what kinds of sounds they make and what happens when you put them together. She'll teach her what word those letter make, means.
Maddie has a lot of gaps to fill in. Huge gaps not only in receptive and expressive language, but also in concepts.

Remember...she couldn't hear much of anything for the first four years of her life.

Imagine how much she missed.

Traditionally this would mean she wasn't anywhere NEAR ready for kindergarten, but with the help of this teacher we can not only have her go to kindergarten to get started on her academic career, she'll get the help she needs to start filling in those gaps.
I can't imagine Maddie won't have to repeat kindergarten. There's just too much to learn. But at least with this teacher's help, Maddie will get a year to build a foundation on.
She'll have a chance to work on all the skills she needs to succeed.
So my baby will be in good hands. She'll get all of the attention at school that she could possibly need.
Sigh.
I'm going to need you guys in September.
My baby will be heading to kindergarten.
Sigh.
I need to start stocking up on the kleenex.

10 salty messages:

Bethany February 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM  

That's awesome! Yes, it's sad that your baby's leaving for big kid school, but it has to be a huge relief to know that she will be getting so much help. Maybe this is why you are in Grab-Your-Lasso. I know that we came to our town, even our very apartment so that A.J. could get the help he needed. If she does two years of K, she and Levi will graduate together! In not as many years as we'd like! Yay for you and for her!

kate February 20, 2009 at 12:58 PM  

That's fantastic, Tami! What wonderful news.

Carlee February 20, 2009 at 2:45 PM  

Wow. What a great school district. Sometimes God shows us the reasons for what is going on in our lives. I can say with confidence that even though we are at a great school, there is no way that would happen here. I am thinking about homeschooling my 4.5 year old for Kindergarten next year. My husband thinks yes, we should for sure. Our oldest is at public school and doing great. But he is a boy, who has a lot of energy and a short attention span :o), and like you, I just don't WANT to send him off just yet. I would love to keep him home just one more year!

I am so excited for Maddie. You have shown on this blog some of the very hard things about adoption, and how you have fought for your kids and gotten them the help they need. It makes me more aware that not everything is perfect just because you bring children into a loving home. so, Thanks!

Elaine February 20, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

My second to last starts K in the fall; but since we homeschool it isn't quite the same. Still . . . they just grow up too fast. Glad to hear Maddie is going to be able to get the help she needs. Thank goodness not every state is mortgaged to the hilt. Yet.

Amanda February 20, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

It's so great to hear there are still school districts out there that aren't only worried about their numbers and actually provide resources to their students and their families. It sounds like your daughter will be in good hands.

Stephanie February 20, 2009 at 10:20 PM  

WOW!! That is amazing! What part of Wyoming do you live in? I don't think that this school district would be so helpful :(

Tina in CT February 21, 2009 at 12:10 AM  

That is fantastic. Maddie will make such progress and that's what you want for her.

With her in school, it will be easier for you with working (hoping that the fantastic job comes your way).

April February 21, 2009 at 12:28 PM  

You have an award waiting for you at my blog!

Ashley February 21, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

This is great, Tami. It will be wonderful for Maddie to have this teacher by her side helping her with so much. I know it will be hard letting your baby go, but this is a wonderful opportunity for her. :)

Tanya February 21, 2009 at 5:23 PM  

I am so glad to meet you. Your Maddie is so beautiful. I''m sorry to hear about all the difficulties you are having with her schooling. It great that she will have a TFTD available to her, I pray that she'll do great with this teacher's help.

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