Another year has started for Robbie, his first week of home school has already been very productive. This year he is starting on his first grade curriculum and it feels like we have so much to do! I didn’t really stop teaching or going over things with Robbie over the summer. I didn’t rob him of his summer vacation but I didn’t want him to lose all of the things that he had worked so hard on for his kindergarten year either. So we would have small work projects three times a week and it has really paid off. His writing skills and reading comprehension really have stayed in tact by doing this so I am very proud of him.
Let’s talk a little about first grade though….I don’t quite remember things being so advanced when I was a first grader! Robbie has two new learning books this year, Place Value and Time and Money.
Now I don’t exactly remember when I did learn these things? Sometimes I just feel like I automatically knew them as a child, but of course I know that was not the case. 🙂 We did touch base on Time and Money last year but it was the basics and I made the mistake of not keeping up with it over the summer. So I think he has forgotten them at the moment. I am hoping that it comes back to him with ease and he excels from there on out. Now with Place Values I think he will get that. It is the basic tens and ones place and his learning guide makes it a fun activity for him during his lesson.
As this week has went on and I have been seeing picture after picture of my Facebook friends children and their first day of school it has made me a little sad. I want Robbie to go to public school and have friends and teachers. Having the proper people interaction to develop his social skills, something that all kids need at a young age. He does have friends and other kids that he plays with from our friends and family but sometimes I wonder if that is going to be enough.
It was a long debate for me this year to decide if I was going to home school or public school him. With being pregnant and expecting his baby sister in July this made for a hectic beginning to a school year. I was so concerned and worried for him to go to public school with being trached and on several medications throughout the day. He still is on a ventilator at night and requires suctioning like all trached kids need day and night. Breathing treatments, his O2 stats monitored, if he runs around too hard or if it is too hot outside these things affect his heart. I have discussed all of these concerns with his doctors and the school before but my mind just has never been put at ease enough to say yes he can go.
Robbie has a cardiac cath scheduled for September 5th and these are hard on him due to his small size, his little legs are just so small around that it really does hurt him quite a bit. So with the cardiac cath scheduled and a decision for a valve replacement for his heart will be discussed afterwards…..I just wanted to wait. I am hoping that next year for his second grade year that he will be trach free and off some of his medications due to a new heart valve that is suppose to help him tremendously. This mommas fingers are crossed for good things to come. Robbie deserves them!
With all of that said I know that we are going to have a fun and eventful First Grade year and I am looking forward to experiencing all of these exciting new moments with him. 🙂