Tuesday, April 12, 2011

School Days

Yep...this post is about school for Kylie. I had started looking into some places to enroll her in this Fall, and came across the perfect place, Community Covenant Church. They have a "Little Learners" program for 18 month-2, and then another one for 2 1/2.

I went to drop off some paperwork last week, and I happened to mention to the director that August is a long ways away...wink, wink. Then there was a moment of silence, and the next thing she said was, " If you want, Kylie can start next week and finish out the school year." I was in shock, excited, and overwhelmed all at once. Like could this really be happening....yay God!

Once I got home and Kylie was napping, the planner mom in me came out and I realized we were running low on time to get things ready for her first day of school. OMG, her first day of school in less than a week from the time we decided to make a go for it....can I really do this and feel comfortable about it in such a short time? Umm...I was stressed for sure, but we did it!

We had therapy on Friday last week, and we tried to schedule it at the school (didn't have the meeting finalized until the night before...more stress, that it was so last minute...totally not how I operate, but I was trying to go with it), so they could meet with her teacher and director to help go over all things Kylie :)

Anyway, a couple hours before the apptmt, Kylie's therapist called to say that we can not meet at the school. I was kind of in a panic mode because it didn't follow the plan I wanted to have before Kylie's first day of school....granted it was a last minute plan, but it had to happen, right?

So I call the director and explain to her that since we didn't have release of info paperwork done that we would not be able to meet at the school for her therapy. I was worried she would say that we were so high maintenance that we should go somewhere else. She is so great, and said it would be just fine if Kylie and I came right over to look at her classroom and for me to take pictures to make a social story for Kylie. Yay, it went well. I was totally stressed, worrying about how we weren't able to meet with her teacher, and if that would greatly impact Kylie on her first day.

Here are some of the preparations for Kylie's 1st day at school:

Some pics from the social storybook that we made for Kylie. Matt and I read it to her before bedtime, in the morning before school, and I let her read through it in the car on the way to school. It really helps her and gets her comfortable and excited about going to school.

Here is the lunch bag that she picked out. They want everything to be labeled, so I made a tag for her bag.

This is her super cute Mouse pack that she won from Trevor's blog.

I had to bring a crib sheet, that they cover the mats with for naptime....I did an iron-on cupcake and then ironed her initials on it too :)

So all of that leads to today....

Kylie's 1st Day of School!

Here she is: The big girl ready for her first day of school! Checking her email before we get going :)

Trying to figure out how to get in her lunch bag to see all the goods in it. I put a surprise in it too...a picture of her and her daddy fishing! I thought this would be a good way to get her talking with her teacher and classmates. She tends to open up better when she has something like this to share.

Trying to cram her backpack with toys, and she was not so thrilled when I tell her we can't take toys to school, because they have lots of toys there.

Yep, she was running into the school! I think she thought that she had to hurry up and get the toys she liked best when she saw that other kids were going to school too.

A beautiful picture that I got when she found a piano to play! Love this little girl!!

Kylie was playing with some Play-doh when I got there to pick her up. Something she doesn't to play with at home, because the smell of it makes me sick....yay for school!

Kylie's bin with her naptime things inside. She was so proud of her own bin, that she was showing it off to the teachers in her room...so cute!
Kylie showing her teacher the social story that we made for school.

So how did the day go?

Well, we got there early so I could talk with the teacher for a bit. The great thing about Miss Ginger is that she has a Master's in Special Education, and has taught Special Education for over 24 yrs! What a perfect first teacher for Kylie to have....she won't have her in the Fall, so this is a great way to get started!

When we first walked it Kylie was a bit overwhelmed and stressed, and almost immediately laid down on the floor upon entering the school. Just too many people moving around, and realized that she wasn't the only one there. After a couple minutes she got up and ran into the classroom.

Miss Kelly, the teacher's assistant, was showing me the sign in sheet, and I looked back to see Kylie watching me and I just didn't know what to do...do I take some more pics, so I can show her and remind her how fun school is, or do I just leave?

I left, and went to the director's office to drop off the last bit of paperwork, and told them that she did well and didn't even cry, so I thought I should. I started to and got a hug from the admin, and they encouraged me to just go for a walk at the park or go home and just sit down and listen to the quiet house.

I went back in the afternoon to peek in on her and I wanted to cry when I saw how well she was doing.....one proud momma! They told me she was all excited to go on the playground and was having a really great day. She even told Miss Kelly that she needed to go potty when she was outside on the playground. That is huge, because she doesn't like to tell us she needs to go anymore...so tell a new person that she needs to potty, and to break away from something so fun is big step! She also ate almost all of her lunch...another huge thing, because she doesn't like to eat well around others.

They started to get the kids ready for naptime while I was checking in, and Kylie started to cry when they said it was time to lie down. I felt so bad, because this was so much newness at once....new person telling her to sleep, new place to sleep, a room with other people in it to sleep, and they turn the lights out to sleep (she has 2 nite lites plus the lights on dim).

I guess she cried for about 5 minutes, and the teacher and assistant took turns sitting with her and then she slept for 45 minutes. They also opened the shades a bit, because she got upset that it was so dark. I think I will send her Glow Worm next time, so she can squeeze it if she gets upset.

We were the last ones to leave, and not just because I was trying to get all the details about her day, but because she didn't want to leave...I think that is a good sign!

Oh, and Annie was very happy to see Kylie when she got home from school. The poor pup seriously moped around all day...even went by the door outside Kylie's room and wimpered. All and all it was a great day for Kylie :)


JSmith5780 said...

How AWESOME!!! I am so excited for her (and you)! I am glad she had a great first day.

And I LOVE the tags you made, super adorable!

MJStump said...

Thanks so much Jen! I'm so grateful that Kylie continues to amaze us...she is just so AWESOME!

Glad you liked the tags I made....can't wait to post what I made when she was in school :)


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