Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monkey made it through the day
Yesterday was going to be a tough day for Monkey. I knew it and had been trying to prepare him. we were going to both his and T-man's schools in the a.m. for school pictures (strange they do them before school even starts, but at least I was able to be there for Monkey, so maybe it wont look like a pre-execution pic like the one 2 years ago did) and then back in the evening to meet the teachers and see the classrooms. I expected it not to go well, since any mention of school results in Monkey screaming "NO SCHOOL!!". It's not that he is afraid of the unknown here, even though he is going to Kindergarten this year, it is his 4th year of school. He practically has an associates degree in pre-school, and rode the bus all last year so he knows what he is in for. So....lots of adults, lots of crazy kids, stuffy hallways, and teachers trying to talk to him. This is the stuff Monkey nightmares are made of. But, after clearly outlining my expectations (you will behave and take a nice picture and say hi to your teacher, if you do; you get some candy and can play on the playground. If you don't, no candy, playground or Wii for the rest of the day) Monkey came through with flying colors. He let the picture lady touch him and move his face around to take the picture, and later he marched up to his teacher, waved and yelled "Hi Teacher!!" at her. He was also good at T-man's school both times. Monkey came through with flying colors, and hopefully gave his teacher hope for the coming school year. It gives me hope that we are doing the right thing by putting him in general ed for the first time. Everyone keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer that we all survive what is to come!