I have felt bad for my middle child the past week and a half. He's the only one who hasn't started school! It might be a bit confusing this year as I have three different calendars with three different handbooks! What I mean is, I have three boys in three different schools!
Hunter caught the bus at 6:40 AM on August 23rd for his first day of sixth grade. Middle school! I have posted pictures of us at Tim's summer softball games before and the school you might have noticed in the distance was the middle school. I stressed myself something awful all that day. Even though I took deep breaths and told myself, Hunter can handle it!, I couldn't help thinking of combination lockers, three minute time limit and classes in different rooms. Even though, as a student with an IEP, Hunter went on two tours of the school at the end of last year and we went and saw the school again when he was given his locker combination and class schedule. At our end of school year meeting, I suggested possibly having another meeting within the first couple weeks of school because of these concerns, but the school is doing a wonderful job! The Intervention Specialist, who is the same lady who worked with Hunter in 4th and 5th grade, is right on top of things. When Hunter arrives every morning, he meets with her and at the end of the day he meets with her again. One of the goals in his IEP is better organization, so I need to send thanks to the IS for making sure Hunter brings home his school work! So, Hunter is doing so far, so good. The first day he said he needed to ask for help with his locker combination, but other than that, no complaints. In his words, he's "surviving".
Bryce didn't have any problems at all joining the kids among the toys and books while the other parents and I listened to what the teacher had to say. I also met the speech therapist who would be working with B. later we walked hand in hand, we joined the other parents and kids following the teacher down the school hallway to see the gym and then the playground. The next day was Bryce's first day! When Hunter first started preschool...oh, let's not talk about that. Those were some long, stressful times! Devin didn't go to preschool but he did go to pre-k and most of the time he went without a complaint, but on some days he'd cry and whine. I drove both Hunter and Devin. It was about 12:15 when a white van with a school bus yellow School Transportation sign pulled into the driveway and sent Knight into a frenzy. Bryce had already helped me put on his shoes and rode around in his brothers Jeep while we waited. He climbed out, let me put on his backpack, and then climbed into a car seat inside this strange van without hesitation. He looked around with a smile and let the lady drive away with him. It was kind of scary how easily he was taken away, but I know he was going to have a good time. Through a communication notebook I have read how well he's doing, but I've been taking him to playgroups and such for a year before preschool, so I knew he was going to transition just fine. Sniff.
Thanks for reading.