Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Nathan's Last Day at School!

On October 16 2009, Nathan attended his first day of toddler school. It seems so long ago.It was time for him to head out and meet some new little playmates but not at just any program. We wanted this new environment to be very rich. We wanted it to be colorful and fun and from the moment we walked through the door that very first day, we knew it was so much more.
Nathan's teachers ~ Nicole and Trisha have been a loving, supportive and fun addition to Nathan's life. Our family can't thank them enough for the care they've given Nathan and the comfort they've brought to Danny and I. At closing ceremonies, the Director of the school was talking about the preschool graduates and she mentioned that all of the teachers in the school knew each of the children since they were 18 months old ~ just like Nathan. Isn't that cool?

We have to thank Nathan's speech therapist and his special education teacher. Each of these very wonderful women went to Nathan's school each week and helped him through the transitions, the routines and even helped the other children understand Nathan's method of communication. I'd like to share an example. There is a weekly celebration where all the children in the school go into the auditorium; they listen to stories, sing songs and dance to very loud music. Well, this was a very difficult experience for Nathan ~ he was scared. But, every single week his speech therapist was right by his side, helping him every step of the way (literally sometimes). Two weeks ago, for the first time, Nathan was dancing too! All by himself. YEAH!!!!!

I can't tell you how much it meant having both of these women there to help Nathan make sense of this new experience and his new friends. They also helped Nathan's teachers understand so much about him ~ his limits and his abilities. Thank you so much!!!!!!

Nathan's teachers put a lot of effort into their jobs and just I love all the projects that he's made over the past year! I'll hang them up and take some pictures this week. They're super cute. The last project was so awesome, we're going to do it at Nathan's 3rd Handy Manny birthday celebration!

And, so it comes to a close. Thursday was Nathan's last day until September ~ hello summer! The school gave us such a nice send off! There was a family BBQ, a bouncy bounce, cake, an "Are You My Mother" play by the 4 year olds and a slide show that recapped the year.
It was obvious from the pictures that the kids had a great year of learning, friendship and fun.

Under normal circumstances, Nathan would move up to the next toddler classroom but we all decided it would be in Nathan's best interest to stay in his current classroom with the teachers he knows and loves. I'll touch on that another time.

So, we ended the year as it began ~ holding Daddy's hand. Just as it should be.

See you in September! God bless

Thanks Miss Nicole!
Thanks Miss Trisha!

Just a few other pictures from Nathan's last week.


amie said...

I love reading all of your feedback about school! I cannot believe that a year has gone by for Nathan at Ohav. What a fabulous year and how much he has grown!

Mairead Elizabeth Hickok said...

I am so glad he has had such a positive experience with school- that is so important! It sounds like his school really goes above and beyond what is required to help the kids have an amazing experience there. Now, it's time for summer fun!!!

Thanks for your post on my blog- I hope it all goes well on Monday. Don't worry- I have no problem being 'that' mom who pushes for whatever my kid needs. Unfortunately, the squeaky wheel DOES get the grease. Hopefully, it won't be necessary. I want her to start her school experience with as much joy as Nathan!