Ella on the first day of school
The teacher's have been very impressed with Ella which I always like to hear : ) She has challenged them on occasion with a couple of small behavior issues but I assured them that being firm works best for my girl, and they are happy to follow through with that! I get almost daily updates on how Ella did that day and the teacher shares any concerns they had, what Ella does well at and what they learned that day. I love it! Ella goes to school for 2 1/2 hours a day/5 days a week, in the afternoon. She receives all 3 services, PT, OT and speech at school. Currently the speech therapist is working 15 minutes a week with Ella in the classroom assisting her with math (greater than, less than type stuff) and 15 minutes a week one on one. OT is teaching Ella in the classroom and I'm not entirely sure what the PT is doing.
Ella be good at school today....
Ella is the only child in the school, morning or afternoon, that has Down syndrome. Though there are other children in her class with some sort of need, if you will, she is the only one with a visible disability. I really can't say enough good things about the school. Obviously Ella stands out, but the outpouring of love that is showed to that little girl everyday seriously warms my heart!!! Other teachers in the school, ones that don't work with Ella, stop and bend down to her level and greet her daily. Kids who are not in her class will yell "Ella's here!" "Hi Ella" daily. The principal is amazing and is so incredibly sweet to Ella (and to her neurotic, over protective mother LOL.) In fact while chatting with the principal I told her that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and she had me write up some Ds facts that she is going to publish in the newsletter that goes out to the entire school. We definitely feel the love!!! I am so happy with where Ella is right now!!
After her 1st day.
I saw this idea on Pintrest and love it : ) I only wish I had known about it when Hunter was a kindergartner!!!