Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving school luncheon


Lead Me Back To Home by Joe Purdy on Grooveshark

We had a great time today at a special Thanksgiving luncheon held at Noah's school.  He started a new school back in October... it's a Montessori school and thus far, it has been so wonderful for our little fella. Moving him to this new school was a tough decision for us.  The reason for the move...we found early on in the school year, he was drowning academically and emotionally at  the parochial school he had been attending since the latter part of kindergarten.  We loved the school and were impressed with his 2nd grade teacher this year.  We wanted so badly for him to have a good experience and begin to flourish in second grade.  But unfortunately, almost a month into the school year, it became glaringly apparent to both Jody and me that it wasn't working…despite all our best efforts to make it work, we were essentially as the old saying goes--trying to stuff "a square peg into a round hole".

Our poor little guy had 8 hours of school each day, then 2-hours of tutoring after school three days a week to try and keep up and... then 1-2 hours of homework each night. Additionally, he was working with a dyslexia therapist each week to try to help him work on strategies to be successful in the classroom.  It was just too much for him.  He was completely overwhelmed and literally began to hate school.  Given the fact that it was a private school, there were no accommodations or additional assistance available for his ADHD and dyslexia.

And so, after much thought and prayer (and tears, too--both his and mine)...we decided it best that we withdraw him and enroll him in a Montessori  program mid semester. The Montessori approach and methodology-- thus far-- seems to be a better fit for him and his learning style.  We still have a long ways to go to get him caught up …and since our plan is to move out of the Rio Grande Valley this summer--I'm hopeful we can get him back into public schools in a better area where he can start receiving some of the services and accommodations he really needs to be successful in school.

But thankfully, in just a matter of 5-weeks since we moved him to the Montessori program, we've seen his anxiety and frustration level go down tremendously and he's actually excited about getting up in the mornings and going to school.  Jody and I truly feel that it has been a prayer answered.

So naturally, we were excited to go visit him today in his new classroom setting and celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with him, his new friends and teachers.  Daddy took off work this morning so he could be there for this special occasion and Gavin and Taylor...well, they were SUPER excited to get to go hang out with "Bubba" at his school.  I think it's safe to say that they honestly think he is the coolest big brother ever and they look up to him so much.  :-)

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We really enjoyed our time today at Noah's new school.  We're so thankful for his teachers and the school administration for making this such a special event for everyone. It was nice to get to visit with some of the other parents while we were there and hear their stories of what led them to the school and helped them decide to land upon a Montessori education for their children. 

Before we all sat down to eat lunch, Noah's teacher asked each family to stand and share what they were most thankful for this holiday season. It was very touching to hear each family share all the blessings they are grateful for. My heart swelled as I listened to each of them and as I looked over and watched Noah interacting with his new friends at school...I was reminded that us being led to this new school has truly been a prayer answered.  It is something that I am so very thankful for this holiday season. We are grateful for the Lord guiding us here...and that we were able to get him enrolled mid-semester (which is usually quite difficult and sometimes impossible since private schools almost always have a waitlist).  

Yes indeed, I'm grateful every day, but especially this Thanksgiving season... for all the little (and big) prayers our Father in Heaven continues to answer for our little family. Us finding this new school and the recent news last Friday about Gavin's final adoption hearing date...they are humbling reminders to me that the Lord does hear and answer our prayers...we just have to be patient and trust in His love for us on a deeper level sometimes...and accept that He truly does know what is best for each of us and our lives.  

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday...


1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad things are going well for Noah. You guys always have so much going on, yet you always manage to stay positive and thankful. So nice to see your beautiful family. Happy Thanksgiving, Jennifer.


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