"Mom, is it school today?"
I'm hearing that phrase multiple times a day from a little girl who is anxious to get back. Earlier this week she received a postcard from her teacher. She has carried it around ever since, telling everyone that her teacher loves her.
The Love Magnet talks about her two aides and how much she misses them ("and can they come to our house, Mom?") She talks about her speech therapist, her occupational therapist, the physical therapist, the school counselor (who, for some reason, The Love Magnet insist on calling Mrs. Sugarmama. The school counselor loves the title so much she has joked about changing the nameplate on her door).
Last year they taught her to get her own lunch tray, carry it to the condiment table to retrieve her utensils, and make it all the way to her table by herself (something many parents take for granted but parents of kids like mine will understand and cheer). She eats with her aide and her friends. Some kids make a point to come to her table. She has social interaction. The aide also takes her to recess and keeps an eye on her to prevent wandering.
Last year, her teacher introduced a mix of ASL and phonetics to teach reading. My daughter can read and write and spell, something I did not think she would achieve at age 6. She also learned class routine and manners. She loves being with her friends. Those kids are a great influence on her and her social skills.
These are the people who make it possible for my daughter to be mainstreamed. God bless every single one of them.
What is your school like? What would you change?