Saturday, March 6, 2010

The model student (no, really, or so they say)

We had Bitty's IEP meeting a couple of weeks ago. Dh and I were both shocked pleasantly surprised to hear Bitty described by the school as a "model student."

Huh? Our Bitty? Are you sure we're talking about the same little boy?

Apparently he saves his infamous attitude for us at home. Thoughtful of him, no?

No, really... are you kidding me? The same boy who has such a talent for the "Jekyll and Hyde" routine - such a sweet-natured boy one minute and the next thing you know he's stripping in protest of some perceived injustice, screaming at the top of his lungs, and throwing things (while yelling, "FROW!" just in case you didn't know what he was doing). Um, yeah... it seems he doesn't do such things at school.

Which is great, don't get me wrong. Obviously, we are glad that he's doing so well at school. And since he's doing so well, we collectively decided that kindergarten placement in a regular ed class might work well for him, with resource support of course. So, he'll have a special ed teacher and parapros to help him out during the day within his classroom (they won't be there all day, so we'll see how that goes). He'll have some pull-out for social skills training and speech also.

To be honest, I'm a little nervous about it as he's used to a smaller class (14 kids in his class now, compared with 20 in Kindergarten), and his current class is taught by a special ed teacher, even though it's an inclusion class. Add to that the fact that he'll be going to a new school (he's been at his current school for two years now, but it's a preschool only so he'll be moving on to elementary school), and it's going to be a bit of a transition for him. But, I was nervous about how Cuddlebug and Bearhug would do in a regular ed Kindergarten class too (they also had resource support, and still do) and it worked out great for them. I know every child is different, but I still find that encouraging :). Obviously we'll keep a close eye on how things are going but hopefully this will work out well for him.

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Rebecca on March 7, 2010 at 1:36 AM said...

I hope it works out well for all of you. I'm definitely interested in reading how it goes.

Bonnie on March 7, 2010 at 1:56 AM said...

My son use to do well in school too. Then he would come home and have a melt down. He was so exhausted by the end of the day trying to keep it together. He had no energy left so he let loose at home.

Transitioning to Kindergarten is big, I wish your family well!

Adoption of Jane on March 7, 2010 at 4:50 AM said...

Congratulations.. and many blessings on a smoooth transition to Kindergarten!!

Elizabeth Channel on March 7, 2010 at 11:03 AM said...

That's wonderful!

Rachel on March 7, 2010 at 11:48 AM said...

And sorry... I had to crack up at the "FROW" part... because I love that he just doesn't want you to miss it! :)

Rachel on March 7, 2010 at 11:48 AM said...

School is just its own universe, huh? I did both inclusion classes and mainstream programs (with and without an interpreter). And you are absolutely right - each child is different.

And if he can handle all these changes at once, it will truly make him more prepared for whatever life can throw at him. And if he needs something different, I know you are the parents that will be first to know it.

So glad he's doing so well in school!

Anonymous said...

Good luck!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great news! Heh. We often got more compliments than we expected. I still explain to Hubby - they misbehave the most with us because they are secure that we won't leave them. We are their safest place to fall apart or just be. If that helps. Barbara

Velvet Over Steel on March 9, 2010 at 11:16 PM said...

Sounds like it could work out for him very well. I will be praying and hoping for the best! As long has he has an understanding and caring teacher along with the assistance, he will do great I'm sure! :-) Hugs and Best wishes always! ~ Coreen

Anonymous said...

so glad bitty is doing well in school. i suspect that you will be shocked/pleasant surprised again at how well he does in the regular ed class. go bitty!!!


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