September 05, 2012

And then there were none

Miles started preschool last week.  He was the last of the kids to start and now it's empty (and quiet!) here in the mornings!  When the big kids got on the bus everyday, he begged me to let him go to school, too.  He counted down the days until it was time for him to go. Miles attends our public school preschool (similar to Head Start) for kids with developmental delays.  He qualified last year as a three year old because when tested, he was performing in the bottom 7 percent across the majority of areas they test 3 year olds for. 

All of that was expected- after all, he spent the first two years of his life with no food and no opportunity to learn.  I don't feel like I need my kids to be the smartest kids out there (truly, I'd rather then be the nicest kid in the class) but Miles needed a little extra boost to help him catch up and make up for lost time. There were lots of things that I knew I could teach him, but at the time, he was struggling to attach and the role I needed to be was "just mom" not "teacher".  We agonized over letting him go (he was so little!) but in the end, it absolutely was the right decision for HIM.  He learned so much, but more importantly, he figured out how to function in a social setting and not see kids as competition.  He learned how to cope and not resort to "orphanage behaviors" when he didn't get his way.  He learned how to feel comfortable around kids and- get this- caught up to nearly "typical development" in ONE year.  He's still got a ways to go, both developmentally and socially, but we have been absolutely floored at how great this has been for him.

Since he loved it so much, we made the decision to let him go back.  Miles is our kid who needs his own thing.  He thrives in a school environment (which we NEVER thought would happen) and it makes him a happier, healthier kid in his home life.  Plus, he's able to get speech, occupational therapy and lots of one on one time with the special ed/developmental delay experts during the school day.  For him, it really is getting the best of both worlds- awesome school in the morning and then 3 hours of one on one time with me before the big kids get home from school.

Miles, you've come a LONG way baby!

How handsome (and grown up!) does he look all ready for his first day of school!

Where are the years going!?

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