Today was Tot’s last day of Early Education with his graduation ceremony and he was sent off with his little certificate of recognition, a bright star that says “Kindergarten Here I Come!” and a pinwheel. He still has some lessons over the summer with two therapists for Language and Cognition, but otherwise he’s graduated on to the next level! There is a bitter sweetness that comes with graduating. A deep feeling of pride and loss at the same time. Loss for friends that he’d met throughout the year there and the teachers and therapists who have went so far and beyond for us.
The past few weeks have been a little crazy; which some of you may have noticed from my random disappearances. We had a lot to think about at the end of the April and beginning of May with Tot’s Kindergarten Level IEP (Individual Education Plan). He was given an invite into a Speech/Language Special Needs Program at a school outside of his ‘home’ school and we had to decide whether it was the best fit or a regular class with assistance. Given how much time he’d be out of the room for Speech & Language, Cognitive, Occupational and Physical Therapy it made since for him to attend the program with work towards integration into a regular classroom.
We all went to visit the room and he was so excited. All the kids had similar language delays and he just kept saying, “My friends! My friends!” He was happy there and he kept his little Guest Name sticker from the school so he could show where his Kindergarten was. I’m not sure if it has sank in that his friends from Early Education won’t be going to the same school or not, but I’m happy that this year I am friends with some of the parents so he can have summer friends!
I just wanted to say thank you to Judah’s teachers, his therapists, his friends and their families for all of your support and kindness along the way. Though we all go our separate paths into this next step, we will have these moments to remember and always the gratefulness for helping our son find his voice in the world.
We will miss seeing you everyday. <3