As for that big school decision we had to make regarding where Kayla was going to school - we went with what we felt in our hearts and enrolled her in a private school with an inclusive education program.
At our last IEP meeting someone said to us "...we haven't closed the gap [my thoughts: but more often than not the gap widens for those with an intellectual disability and Kayla met all her IEP goals!] so what we've been doing isn't working and it's time to try something different." That 'something different' met a self-contained classroom for middle school for everything except PE and one other elective. That's what they were offering us.
So we took what was said - time to try something different - and we are trying private school. We are trying a place that has not balked once at having Kayla in the school (since I first observed there almost 3 yrs ago), a place that has let me know Kayla would be welcomed there whenever we were ready to make that move.
6th grade - Jr High - what?!
The transition has gone well so far in this first week. She has been happy and excited and giggly each day that I pick her up. I think she is quickly learning her way around the school, which is a small campus so that helps! I am excited for this school year and relieved to not be facing it with stress, anxiety and frustration. She's happy because she is at the same school as her best friend!
Lucas has a great teacher and one we were already familiar with so that was nice. He made a friend on "Meet The Teacher Night" that he was very excited about - they hit it off right away. When school started he was happy to find out that he already knew 5 of his classmates. Looking forward to a great year for him as well.
It's still dark enough outside when we catch the bus that the street lights are still on.
Second grade though; already!
His big accomplishment over the summer was to read the Harry Potter series and he met his goal a couple of weeks before school started. Now on to finding new books and series to capture the imagination.