"School's out for summer
school's out for ever!"
This is a picture of Little Bird and Ms Geer on the first day of school this year.
Today was the last day of school.
After a very long debate process, we have decided to take Little Bird out of the public schools and the ECSE (early childhood special education) classes. Next year she will go to the JCC preschool. It's a typical preschool with typical kids and one kid with special needs per class. That would be my Little Bird! She'll have a shadow to help her along every step of the way. This is a big step in attempting to ready the bird for mainstreaming. I'm not 100% comfident that it's the right move, but I've gotta give it a try. I think she really does have the potential to pick up on some appropriate social and language skills from these typical kids. So, we've gotta give it a go. Of course my dream is for her to one day be able to fit in to a typical class and thrive in that setting, so I'd prefer to begin that process now (if it works!). So, for that reason, today is a milestone. Little Bird's been at this school in the Early Intervention program since she was 8 months old!! That's 4 school years! I had to capture the moment of her walking in and out for the last time. Well, until kindergarden!!
There she goes...
We will definitely miss her teachers Mrs. Adam and Ms. Geer. They are totally awesome!!
I really can't say enough about the people who work with kids with special needs. There is a level of patience that is unparalleled. I am forever grateful.