So things are actually looking more hopeful this week than last week. I think that the stress of the Special Education (SE) process combined with the post-vacation come down were making me depressed. It also helped that I got a call from the admissions director for Discovery Woods school. She had seen my post on the Natural Families NOVA yahoo group asking about Reggio Emilia schools in the area. I love the school but had believed they were full for the semester. It turns out they have one spot left, and Kaio would be the perfect age for it! I spent an hour and a half on the phone with her explaining Kaio's personality, strengths, and the SE ordeal. Everything she said about the school sounded perfect. Actually everything she said sounded exactly like things I have said or thought. Like that little boys this age should not have to sit at desks, that kids should be outside playing with nature and using their imagination instead of indoors with toys, and that a small loving home-like environment makes kids more comfortable. Just to name a few.
I was just smitten and energized. So I really hope that Kaio likes the school and that they think he will fit with the community. The kids eat grass fed beef and veggies from the school's garden for lunch! how cool is that? We are going to an open house on Friday afternoon to see the school. The open house is for one of their homeschooling classes, but she said that I can still get some info and meet them. Mari, Kaio and my mom are all coming.
So that's cool. I did go back to the SE office and complete the IEP with some modifications to what was written. I'm comfortable with the goals now and I think that it could be good for him in tandem with exposure to kids his age. But I let them know that if things work out with Discovery Woods, I will probably change the IEP again. They said that was fine, no hard feelings. They were also really excited about the school.