Monday, September 10, 2012

Kindergarten Re-do

I haven't really spoken to the fact 
that Liam is repeating kindergarten this year.


A little background:
Liam first came to live with me at 9 months old.
He had already lived in two other homes, neither of which was stimulating and enriching in any way.
At 9 months he couldn't even sit up,
he could only make one sound,
wasn't standing,
wasn't crawling,
Liam was quite delayed.


But it's amazing what a stable environment can do.
And within ONE WEEK...

He was sitting...


Standing...


And crawling...


One. Week.

But...
language came at a MUCH slower rate.
And although he graduated OT and developmental therapies early on, he has still been far behind his peers in so many areas.

So last year we tried kindergarten.
And it didn't work.
Add to that the fact that we had a really rough time at home and Liam personally had some things to work through, and we ended up pulling him out of full day kindergarten, placing him in half day preschool/half day kindergarten along with speech and OT.
It was not the best solution, but it is what it is.

So we are re-trying kindergarten.
And WHAT A DIFFERENCE!
 


I know we haven't been into this year very long, BUT

* last year when Liam would come home he would talk about the adults that he saw and the food that he ate.  Period.

*this year he talks about "level one voices", learning, skills, and friends

*last year he hated going to school, it was a source of discontent each day

*this year he LOVES school, he gets excited when he asks if there is school the next day and I say yes, and gets bummed when I say no

*last year he had the many staff members who worked with him wrapped around his little finger (not in a good way)

*this year he is learning he doesn't always get his way and that school is for following directions and learning

*last year was rough in many ways

*this year I am cautiously optimistic that we are on the right track!

Prayers for a great rest of the year!

3 comments:

Kathy C. said...

Sounds like you made the right choice for him.

Barb said...

That is great that this year is so much better! Sometimes they need a little more time to get ready, we are finding that out with Mia!

Barb said...

That is great that this year is so much better! Sometimes they need a little more time to get ready, we are finding that out with Mia!

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