I hate that there is NO good choice for Sam for next year.
It is really bugging me...and I am so worried that this meeting tomorrow with the school pyschologist isnt going to go well... and then our CSE meeting (whenever THAT might be) is going to go worse.
Im not sleeping.
My best case scenario is that we win lotto and move to a district that has full day intergrated (aka collaborative) kindergarten.
Ok, lets hit reality here.
In my town we have 2 elementary schools. We have 1/2 day kindergarten.
School A, where my son goes has 2 K classes, Am and Pm. 1 teacher is patient and wonderful (thank goodness Sam has her this year!) the other is grumpy, old and SHOULD have retired... but hasnt.
School B, where my son doesnt go has 2 Kclasses Am,Pm and then 1 special Ed intergrated class (Am and Pm). Because we are NOT in THAT zone.. (mind you, this is the SAME DISTRICT) the special ed department thought it would be better for Sam to go to K in his "home school", rather then be bussed for special ed. They believed with 3 years of preschool.. he would do fine.
He hasnt done fine. His teacher (again, patient, wonderful) has had a rough time.. as have we (getting on the bus is still a challenge. Waking up crying.. "its a school day, isnt it?" tears... his handwriting is horrid. He falls off the chairs, he loses it in class crying, frustrated... he has developed nervous tic's and has such problems transitioning that he has developed his own routine for transitions... (he goes to the bathroom before every change in the class-- FYI- the bathroom is IN the K class) but it is easier for him to go to reading, then bathroom, then math... then to go from reading to math.. so he has developed this "comfort" routine.
he can do the academic work. can read, not just the words, but with expression. He can do 1st grade math. Understands division as well as multiples... (ie 31 is 3 10's and 1 one)
Next year, since we ONLY have 1/2 day here... it is the missing half of Kindergarten work coupled with ALL of first grade work. (that physically he cant DO- the handwriting, the stress?)
Re do Kindergarten in HIS HOME SCHOOL in witchy teachers class? NO.
Re do Kindergarten in special ed class in other school (bussing? will it be an issue cause academically Sam looks fine--- but... social, emotional, physically he cant hack it!!)
Go to a different private school for full day K... but then have to pick him up for o/t, p/t, speech services at school?
Move him to intergrated 1st grade? (where he can continue with the nervous tic's and transitioning issues? and stress himself out...?)
wrap him in bubble wrap and put him away in back of closet for a year?