Friday, August 27, 2010

First two weeks

Emma right before leaving for school!

Emma walking in on the first day!

Daddy helping her wash her hands!

This is whem Mommy cried, she took her teacher's hand and walked into class.

Emma is thrilled to be back at the Children's Center. She went right in on the first day and settled right into her new room with no problems at all. She was so happy to see some old friends and make some new ones. Her new teachers are wonderful. Her lead teacher, has a lot of experience with speech delays and has already taught her about 15 new signs and the words to them as well:) I am having to try to keep up:)

She has gotten to go to art, chapel, and music classes again and loved them all. She really likes getting to see her old teacher from room 5 while in Chapel and yells her name out. She also has to stop and speak everyday to her old teacher too, and if she sees her out the window she freaks out and starts chanting. So silly! But she loves her new teachers as well and goes in and hugs them first thing in the morning.

Finally all of her metro teachers have been by. She still has her same PT as last year, which we are so happy about. I know her special education teacher, since she worked in my classroom a few years ago, and I meet her new speech teacher yesterday. Not sure about her yet, but she seems nice. I will be meeting with her and the IT person on Friday to learn how to use the first augmentative device we will be trying with Emma. We fear it will be to simple a device, but have to start somewhere. I hope it helps her speech and am looking forward to moving ahead on this.

I have been so happy to have her back in school and learning so quickly. She is talking more and more with her friends and the teacher is really trying to foster that communication, since Emma does tend to go towards adults more due to her having so much therapy with adults. She has gotten to be the line leader and the flag holder already and did great at both. She tells me about her friends on the way home and that she had a happy day. I am so glad we decided to leave her at the Center. They are so great!!

Looking forward to a wonderful rest of the year.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another Big Step

Backpack is packed, the extra emergency clothes are labeled and in a bag, your new outfit and bows are laid out, and you are snoring away. So all in all we are ready for the big first day of school tomorrow. (well mommy still needs to pack your lunch in your new princess lunchbox) I can not believe you will be starting your second and last year at Belle Meade Children's Center tomorrow. Where did the summer go? You will be in room 7 with two new teachers, but a lot of your friends from last year.

We went earlier this week and meet your teachers and talked to them about you. Planned diapering and those issues out and dropped off your diapering supplies so as to not draw attention to it on Monday. The school had already put into place the brand new changing station that was bought for your room and the teachers do not seem to mind having to change your cute little butt twice a day while you are there. (she is only there 9-12) We are so lucky this year that both your new teachers have lots of experience with special needs children and are looking forward to working with you. One, the main teacher, even has worked with speech delays and signs to all the class which will help you a lot too!!

You were so happy to be at the school for a visit and asked to see Mrs. Juarita your teacher from last year, but you would not talk to her. However, you have not stopped talking about her since Wednesday. Your new teachers took us to your room and let you play for a few minutes and after looking around unsure for a few minutes you got down and started playing trains with your friend Levi from last year. It was so cute. I think you will be fine tomorrow and adjust quickly to new room and teachers. Hopefully the weather cools down and you can go outside and play soon, since you can see the playground from your room and you love it. But right now it is too hot to allow you out.

Mommy and daddy are excited for a new year, but mommy is sad and nervous as always. I just pray that they remember to change you and that they remember that you like a straw in your milk cup since it is hard for you to hold and drink an open cup. I also hope you are safe and loved. I know you will be but still give mommy a little bit of time to be nervous. I love your school and they love you so, I am sure this will be great. Looking forward to a lot of new experiences and great reports this year. Wow my big girl is starting school again!! SO proud!!