30 March 2010

Look Out World, Here He Comes!

So, as you might remember, Zeke went in for his speech assessment on March 20th. I went back this past Saturday and went over the results with the ladies who assessed him. Apparently his speech is not as bad off as I thought, but he does have delays in grammar and pronunciations and the like, so he does qualify for their "support programs". What this means is that he gets to go to Pre-School at an elementary school near us, which will focus on his "problem areas" while getting him used to a structured school day so he'll be all ready for kindergarten, when the time comes.

I expected there to be a bit of time between getting his results and when he'd start school but they told me Saturday morning that if I could get him registered on Monday he could start on Tuesday. So I did. And my not-so-little-anymore boy started school today. And he did great. (His teacher did say he wanted more free play time than structured class time, but he's not used to strutured class time, so that's to be expected in the beginning I guess.) And he did had fun. And he was missed by Deacon (and Mommy), but we consoled ourselves with some Sesame Street and a little rest (shower) time.

So now Zeke goes to school Monday through Friday from 9am to 11am. One hour a week is spent with the school's speech-language pathologist, the rest is spent in the classroom doing classroomy types of things. There are 3 other boys and 1 girl in his class, so it's nice and small. There is also a teacher's assistant in the room. I got to meet both his teacher and her assistant yesterday, and they both seem wonderful. When I picked him up today from school one of the other boys in his class had run up to his mom and said, "Mom. I made a new friend today and his name is Zeke." Aww. So, it seems like this is going to be a very good thing for Zeke, and I am really excited to get him in there, even if it is just until school ends on May 20th. I am so proud of my sweet boy.


Embrace the Circus said...

Congratulations, Zeke! You're such a big boy!

(After much angst-ing, we've registered Kathleen for a two day a week preschool beginning in the fall... I'm more than a bit heartbroken about it, but she's thrilled. She can't wait to go to school!)

Gramma V said...

Wow! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I bet you see some dramatic growth, even if it is only for a couple of months until school's out. And what a great opportunity for Deacon to have some one-on-one time with Mommy before Baby comes!

Julie the Army Wife said...

That is great! Happy first day of school Zeke :)

Ells said...

Wow, Zeke!!! So big!

How awesome that they were able to get things moving for you so quickly. :)

corry said...

wonderful news! Happy First day of School and good job Beth with not crying :o)

Niki said...

Yeah what fun!!! Jack LOVED when he was in day care! I'm going to miss him when he starts preschool but I know he'll do great! That's wonderful for Zeke!!Yeah!

Linda said...

Hooray for Zeke! I knew he'd charm the pants off of everyone in sight. Sweet boy, I love you!

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