It’s time for me to get back to the that cliffhanger ending of a post a couple of weeks ago. I ended up visiting the two schools that sounded and were located best for us. One was more a playschool, very small, cute, and promising. One is a firmly Montessori, doing daily notes on each child, emphasizing life skills and self capacity.
Both schools (Tukata and Alpha for those of you following along at home) happily welcomed Nava to enroll.
::que happy dance::
Obviously, we are blessed to be able to afford private pre-school here but given that this is uncharted water we are in we still feel extremely lucky to have not dealt with rejection. Neither school felt it was an issue in any way. No discussion of aids, whether it will work out, etc. Her glasses have been much more a subject of discussion than Down syndrome.
We chose the Montessori school as I like the emphasis on lifeskills as well as the prospect of getting clear detailed reports of what she’s doing/enjoying/excelling in/struggling with. I think the detail will help give us ideas as we try to maximize her playtime-as-therapy, as I like to call our current home approach (also known as the living-in-the-3rd-world-and-ain’t-got-no-EI approach) .
School starts the first week of September; she’ll start out three mornings a week and as of today the plan is for me to accompany her the first day, sit quietly in the corner, and then we’ll evaluate how to best help her with the transition.
The times, they are a-changin’