First, apologies for the infrequency of posts over the summer, especially the last couple of weeks. Those who consider themselves blogging experts advise us not to apologize for not posting, the premise being that if you don't have anything to write about, then don't write. However, all manner of professionals aside, there is always a noticeable decrease in readers when there are fewer posts, so I always feel like people are giving up because they keep checking and there's nothing new... which makes me want to say I'm sorry!
Well, knock me over with a feather, September is so close now you could spit on it - but don't, because spitting is gross, also, what did September ever do to you??? Inappropriate expressions aside, we all know what this means: A new school year is upon us (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, at least!).
The thing about this year? For the first time in quite a long time, in fact, since Toad was in his pre-K years, there will be no transitions to worry about.
And I mean that in every sense. On September 6th, Toad will be heading back to the same school he was at last year, with the same teacher and even the same para-educators he had last year as well as during his summer program.
If you've been reading with me over the last year, you will know that I love this school (Toad started middle school last Fall), his teacher, and all his aides, they've been phenomenal. So this is a pretty nice little gift. And when I say "pretty nice" I mean really insanely awesome.
There's always been something. New classroom, new teacher. Different paras. New school, all new staff. New district. New school. Same school, 6 different teachers, 2 classrooms, and several paras, etc etc.
Not this year. The most amazing thing is that he will have had this crew since the summer of last year, and if we're lucky, will have them again for summer session next year. That will be the longest, consistent run of educators he's ever had. Of course next Fall he will be heading to Junior High.... so let's stay focused on this year so I don't have to panic about that just yet.
The biggest change for Toadie this year will be the addition of the iPad in to his program at school. Which is also incredibly fantastic. At his IEP back in May, he was there with me (as usual) and had his iPad with him (also, as usual). The team immediately started asking me questions about his use of it, both with regard to his ability but also what he likes to do with it/on it. They mentioned that they could have one in the classroom this year, and that his speech therapist could also likely get one, and maybe we should incorporate it in to his IEP... ummm, YES?! So we discussed the types of applications they were thinking would be helpful in the classroom, as well as in Speech - facilitative apps (like a PECS app), educational apps, and motivators. They were very enthusiastic, dare I say, excited about adding it in to his program.
SO AM I!
He doesn't even have to use his for this, the district will be providing one to his teacher as well as his Speech therapist. This is very good, we won't have to worry about potential loss or damage because it's going to school with him.
I am really optimistic about the potential for this at school. He loves his iPad so much, I think this could be a big boost academically/functionally.
The only issue is that I think I will have to get him a new iPad of his own. The one he has does not have a large enough memory capacity for the apps/programs they will be using at school, and part of the plan is that I am to work with him at home on them as well. I know, First World Problems, get out the tiny violins, my son's iPad doesn't have enough memory, blah blah blah. I guess that's the point of this post - if the only thing I have to worry about when it comes to sending Toadie back to school this Fall is how to work that out??
I'll take it.
After years and years of anxiety, fear, stress, frustration, you name the unhealthy emotion, the fact that I am basically getting a pass on all that this year is a real blessing. There are plenty of other stressful things going on to make up for it, don't worry, it's not like I'm suddenly going to start sleeping and have peace of mind or anything outrageous like that.
But Toad heading back to school isn't threatening to topple the mountain this year.
So there's that.