On Tuesday Harrison will start Pre-school. Like proper Pre-school.
Not just a moms day out program.
He's will be attending Bailey Elementary in Dublin as a peer. What that means is around 50% off the class will have special needs, and the other kids are peer models. Or average ability kids.
He will go mon-fri 8:45-11:30.
Harrison's class will have 9 children aged 3-5. All the peers are 4, the majority of the class is 4/5.
The class has 4 children with learning delays, all are on the autistic spectrum, varying in degree of delay.
Harrison's teacher will be Miss Kellie and her assistant Miss Debbie. They also have a 3rd teacher who will work between 2 classrooms. There is a speech therapist also who works with all the children each day.
It's is a GREAT program. For both average kids and special needs. The kids with special needs learn to model some of their behaviors from the average kids, and the average ability kids get excellent teaching in a small group. They learn empathy,how to be patient with people who are not the same as them and how to help others and be caring. Along with the regular things a Pre-schooler will learn like days of the week and his alphabet of course!
Harrison is so excited to be starting Tuesday! Even more so because his friend Isra just so happens to be in the same class.
The lady at the back of the class in the stripy skirt is Miss Kellie. She seems wonderful and has recently transferred to this school from a school that specialized in teaching kids with Autism.
Harrison's sat next to one of his new friends, on one of the 3 brand new Mac computers the class room has.
Harrison testing out the playground that will be shared with his class and one other.
We have a curriculum night next week where we hope to find out a lot more about his new school!
In the mean time, wish Harrison luck for his first day on Tuesday.
And wish me luck trying to get everyone out of the door for 8:20am.