As May is fast approaching, it is starting to hit me that Nathan is going to turn THREE!!! I simply can’t believe it was almost three years ago that he was born and we have been on this journey. Time truly does fly when you’re having fun…or when you have kids.
One of our goals for Nathan when he turns three is to have him go to school, at least part time. This will help him adjust to a school schedule, setting, and interacting with multiple children on a daily basis. Luckily, he has had two other boys at his babysitter’s house for the past few years, and that has definitely helped with his socialization.
After spending a morning visiting various preschools, we decided on a Montessori school. This model of schooling makes the most sense to us because Nathan will not only focus on academics, but he will focus on life skills. To us, that is much more important for him when he turns three. There are many things he does know how to do…he’s a great cleaner!!….but there are many things he doesn’t know how to do. When we visited the Montessori school, their method and schedule seems to be the one that will fit Nathan the best. They have a routine and are expected to know, learn and follow this routine on a daily basis. Nathan will be going to school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. We believe this is the best way to transition him into a different schedule. He will continue to go to the babysitter’s for the rest of the time. Our hopes are that Nathan will flourish in this setting and continue to learn new things, as he has been doing all along.
The next step in this transition process is waiting for the school district to contact us about Nathan’s CPSE (Committee on Preschool Education) meeting. This will establish what the district will provide for him during his preschool years. We are hoping to get a special instructor to accompany him to the Montessori school, in order to aid in daily tasks, help him if he isn’t potty trained, assist him in walking, etc. We are also hoping to continue at the same physical therapy place because he is doing so well there. Hopefully he will also receive occupational therapy, speech and feeding. These may now be integrated into his school day, but can also be done separately.
I have to say that I am getting nervous about this upcoming meeting. I want to make sure that I push for what I think Nathan needs, and that I don’t let the district tell me what is going to happen. I have done my research, and spoken to other parents who have gone through the CPSE and that definitely helps.
And just for those of you who come to the blog to see pictures of Nathan….here you go!