Knox has now been in kindergarten for two weeks, and Brody just started back to preschool on Tuesday. So far, it has been a really great transition. I was so, so nervous about kindergarten for Knox, and all summer long I stressed over it. However, the more I researched and the more people I talked to, the more I kept hearing that the school program recommended for him was the absolute best placement for him. And you know what? It was. Much of my anxiety was relieved when I visited his classroom the week before school started and saw just how different it was from what I’ve seen before. Knox’s class is a transitional class specifically for students with Autism. They have ten to 12 kids in the class (only one girl!), and they’re all on the spectrum. Because of this, the learning environment is PERFECT for Knox. They were able to really utilize resources to create a space that was so conducive to learning for these kids. By the time the first day rolled around, I felt really good about the placement.
That crooked grin kills me. He looks so much like his Daddy! Every morning, when we walk in to Knox’s class (the school lets the parents walk the kids in Knox’s class in each day if we like… obviously, I do this since carpool was a big worry for me!) the lights are dimmed, and the smart board has “The Magic Schoolbus” playing. The kids sit down to watch- some kids wear noise-canceling headphones, some don’t, most sit on the floor, but Knox has a rocking chair with a bumpy cushion in the seat- this helps him to stay seated and pay attention, otherwise he’d be running around the room to meet his sensory needs. They do this until all of their peers arrive and it’s time to start the day. At their tables, they have sensory items if they need a mental break, and they keep the kids attending by letting them “work for” certain preferred items. Just little things like that make a huge difference to kids with learning differences. It’s pretty amazing. Knox is smiling and thrilled every morning when I drop him off, and every single day, he has gotten a “great” mark on his evaluation for the day and very positive comments from his teacher. Academically, he’s doing very well and using regular education curriculum- he’s on par with his peers, intelligence wise, he just needs more help with communication and socialization. The assistants and teacher are all amazing and really care about Knox, it’s been such a good experience. Knox obviously likes them, too, since he’s spontaneously kissed his teacher a few times! I think Knox shocked him a bit- he’s very affectionate! Haha. Just goes to show, sometimes control freaks are wrong and just need to trust in God’s plan!
Brody was SO ready to go back to school, and he kept trying put his backpack on when we got Knox ready for his first day back. He could not understand why it wasn’t his turn yet!
Brody goes to 3k preschool at our church, where I also work, so he’s very comfortable with the environment (since he’s here all the time!). We drop Knox off at about 7:30, then we head to my office, and Brody hangs out with me for about 30 minutes until it’s time to walk upstairs to preschool. He goes from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. each day, and it has always been a great experience for him (he’s been in the same preschool since 1K). He has two great teachers this year and 14 kids total in his class. They do so much with these kids, and this year he’ll be starting to memorize Bible verses, as well, which he LOVES to do. He had a great first day, and this whole week has been really fun for him. Trying to take his “first day” picture was pretty hysterical- the child drips with personality, and getting him to cooperate isn’t always the easiest!
We’re feeling very blessed that both of our boys have a great place to go and learn each day. This school schedule will also allow for Trevor to spend one-on-one time with the new baby when he arrives. Trevor still keeps the boys on his off days (his schedule is 24 hours on, 48 hours off), and while we miss him terribly when he’s at the fire station for 24 full hours, it’s so nice to have him home for those next two days! My mom will continue to keep all of the boys for us on Trevor’s work days, as well (God bless you, Gigi!). There will be some juggling with everyone getting out at different times, but I think it will work out well in the end. I love these boys so much, and we can’t wait to meet the third one next year!