All the trepidation we had going into a typical public school Kindergarten setting melted away on the first day when we saw how well-supported she was by her teachers, how instantly-accepted she was by her peers. And watching how she's thrived in that setting, and hearing how everyone is 100% behind the idea of her moving on to 1st grade, we can easily say what an amazing experience this whole year has been.
Moving forward, staying in the same school, having the same Resource teachers and classroom support from the incredible two Mrs. Ds, interacting with many of the same children she's been with all year, I feel confident that next year will be just as rewarding. My only fears come from the fact that she will be with many other children that she does not know, those children from the PM Kindy sessions that we never, ever see. But I'm sure she'll win them over in no time.
We're off for a bit after school ends, before Sammi begins her summer school run for 5 weeks, where again, she'll be meeting a whole new group of (older) children, 1st graders moving into 2nd (there is no Kindy summer school program). I'm looking forward to seeing what she'll accomplish there, how it will help build her confidence and flexibility. Heh, I hope.
In this last week of school, Samantha has been given charge of Maggie, the classroom bear. Since February, Maggie has been going on short adventures with all of the other students in the class. And, while her clothes are seriously in need of a wash, I have to put my germ phobia aside for a bit and enjoy how Samantha has embraced the responsibility of making sure Maggie has a good time. Last night they played piano. Today they'll be going to the bagel store. Tomorrow we'll be prying Sammi's death grip off the bear as we try to explain to her that Maggie has to go back to school now so she can have another adventure with someone else over the summer. Most likely at the bottom of a box somewhere. Or in a washing machine.