Today is Little Bug's last day of school and I'm sad. Not because he'll be out of school making me crazy (he starts school again on Tuesday), but because of the people he'll be leaving. The way the special ed program is set up here is different. Each school in the district is home for two grades in special ed. The school he was at the last two years has the preschool and kindergarten classes. Which means that he moves to a new school with new people next year.
His teacher this year has been so amazing. She recognizes that music is a really powerful teaching tool for kids and so, she uses it ALL THE TIME! And the progress we've seen with LB is amazing! I will always remember this year as the year we REALLY heard his voice for the first time... I can't even describe how my heart leaps each time he says something as simple as "cereal". This year has been filled with some very poignant moments and I credit his amazing teacher for that.
It's funny, I know that Red's teachers enjoy him. They all have thought that he's a great kid (and he is!) and they like him. Little Bug's teachers? They love him. You can see that they truly, genuinely love that kid. This year was no exception. Whenever Little Bug was sick, his teacher would call to check on him. When he hurt his ankle this spring? She called each day to see how he was and then arranged some activities for him to do at school to help keep him off of it. It takes a really special person to work with these kids. Each child has their own set of issues and troubles that are unique and not always easily dealt with. These teachers, aides and therapists are awesome. And we will miss them so very much.
Somehow, the gift cards that will accompany my son to school today, seem so inadequate. Hopefully this small gesture will be able to convey a small part of our gratitude!