First Day of Kindergarten

Excuse me, 2010, where did you come from?  Who is this giant child with missing teeth and a Wii addiction, and what have you done with my blue-eyed baby? Kindergarten? No.  Not yet.  Really?!?  I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that my firstborn is in “real school” and now we live our lives around a school schedule! Bryce, of course, is thrilled.  He loves school and it was a seamless transition to a new teacher and classroom today.  He jumped in line and put his hands behind his back like he’d been doing it for years. (Mrs. Walker, the preschool teacher, taught him well)  Henry, on the other hand, was a little upset that we were leaving Bryce and going back home this morning.  It won’t be long before he’s asking to go to school with big brother, I’m sure. 

Bryce is in a special class called the Learning Center.  There are a few other autistic kids in there.  They all are kids with special learning needs of some kind.  It’s considered a class for “moderately” disabled kids.  There are no physical handicaps and the teacher was happy to report that this year she didn’t have any with major behavioral issues either.  He’ll stay in this class for Kindergarten, First and Second grades, unless he can be mainstreamed.  For the first six weeks or so, he’ll stay in class and learn the new policies and procedures.  After that, he will start to go to a mainstream kindergarten class for either the math block or language arts block.  That way, he can be influenced by peer modeling and learn to interact with typical kids.  He also stays after school and has one on one ABA therapy for an hour.  He loves all the personal attention!

When he came home today, I didn’t even have to ask, “How was school?”  He told me, “Did you have fun in class today? Mmhmm.” I think it’s going to be a great year.

2 thoughts on “First Day of Kindergarten

  1. That’s great. Glad his first day went well. My boy Ethan starts in his Autistic Class next week. His is a preschool class. 2 hours a day. He loves school too.

  2. I didn’t realize you had an autistic son, Tommy! It’s a life changing challenge, but so amazing. Bryce had 2 1/2 years of preschool before starting this year. His class was just about 2 hours a day as well. He loved it-and it certainly made this year easier!

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