Letter To New Grade 1 Teacher

I thought I’d share on my blog what I wrote to Johnny’s New Grade 1 teacher. It really gives a snapshot of his journey and where he is now. Dear Ms. ******, First I’d like to welcome you and I’m looking forward to meeting you. I am sure that Ms. ******, the EA, has been…

A New Teacher = Time To Start Again

Spring Break is over so its back to the normal routine and the beginning of the last part of Grade 1.   I opened Johnny’s bag and found two notes in his bag.  Today’s news is that one teacher is saying good bye while another begins her time at Johnny’s school.  We knew that Johnny’s…

I Feel Sad Mommy….I Feel Sad For Princess

Yesterday, Johnny’s little sister, Princess, had a playdate with two friends from preschool.  It  was a tumultuous time because the girls haven’t seen each other in 3 weeks because of sickness, travel and Spring Break.  They are also  3-1/2 and 4 and are still figuring out the social side of friendship and peer-to-peer play.  Things…

Leading Her Through The Dark

I never know when I am going to get the unexpected appearance of maturity or movement forward but when it happens I savour it for how special it is. This morning when I got up I noticed that Johnny’s little sister,  Princess,  had used “her potty” during the night and went back to bed.  …

Was It The Clock?

Its Sunday morning and we are now letting the kids sleep in an extra hour.   Who am I kidding we are also getting to have that extra hour of sleep that we have desperately craved for years.  We were using the Glo clock for Johnny so that he would understand when it was time to…

Introduction To the New Teacher

At then end of Johnny’s Senior Kindergarten year we were preparing for the transition to Grade 1.  One of the things we wanted to do was to have him meet his Grade 1 teacher.  Unfortunately the Principal hadn’t finalized that decision yet so we would have to wait for late August when the school re-opens…

Graduating Kindergarten

*From the Archives*  June 25th 2013 Johnny graduated from kindergarten today. There was a special ceremony for the children with all the parents invited in the school’s library.  Johnny was so happy and had such a big smile on his face when he was prompted to enter the room and do his procession to the…

Transition to Grade 1

After two years of kindergarten, where are we now with Johnny? We decided to change Johnny’s status from Regular Classroom with Indirect Support to a Special Education Class With Partial Integration. Why the change?  The designation doesn’t really give the complete picture.  Johnny is registered as being in an ISP Autism Classroom for kids Grade…

What We Did In The Kindergarten Years

A few weeks ago I was asked to be part of a workshop for parents of special needs children specifically Autism regarding the transition from preschool to kindergarden at Johnny’s former preschool.  I wrote about it here http://wp.me/p1KVmo-1xT  and here http://wp.me/p1KVmo-1y5 I’ve had a few questions over the last 2 years about this on my blog…