DS is starting 2nd grade next week. The last half of last year did NOT go very well at all. DS wasn't handling school well and I was being called in to deal with him 2-3 days a week. The last couple weeks of school went better, with just an issue here and there, but for the entire summer he's been whining about school and just being very negative about it.
However, yesterday they had an open house at the school and now he's totally stoked! Why? "Because S**** is in my class so that means I have a whole year to prove to her that I'm going to marry her!". LOL! Yes, the girl is the motivation for him to go to school. This little girl was in his Kindergarten class, but not in his 1st grade class. She's in his class this year and he's so totally thrilled. This little girl is a spunky thing and won't put up with any crap from anyone though, which is good! It blows my mind that, at age 7, he's talking about getting married
As for everything else, I have a feeling we're going to have some issues and I'll be in the office within the first week of school. There were a LOT of changes that happened to the school (new principal, lots of staff were fired because there was a new elementary school built and a lot of the students from our school are going to the new school, classrooms and teachers were switched around, etc). DS's special ed teacher was fired, due to this (or, that's what we were told but then the school went and hired a new special ed teacher so I'm not sure we're getting the whole story). His OT at school was moved to the new school, so now I have no idea who his OT is for this year. The one consistency is that last year he was in a split 1st/2nd grade room. There were 2 classrooms together (2 teachers). Both were split level classes. He had his main teacher for most of the day and then for a couple hours each day he switched to the other teacher. This year they stopped doing the split classrooms, but they did put him in the class with the teacher he saw for a couple hours every day last year. So that worked out super well for him. When we went to the open house yesterday, his main teacher could only give us a general picture of what the para situation was. He's supposed to have a para with him the whole day. Apparently they told her (the teacher) that there would be a para for ds during math and recess. Uhhhh..... no. Not acceptable. So I went to talk to the principal, who said that she didn't know the whole schedule so I would have to talk to the facilitator (who wasn't there at the time). I know that the special ed teacher will be in ds's classroom, specifically to work with him, for 1 hour in the morning. Then for 30 minutes in the afternoon ds goes to her resource room to work. So during those times he doesn't need a para with him. During every other time, he does.
Writing has become a big struggle for ds. Last year it was torture, and for most of the year other people (me, his teacher, para or special ed teacher) were doing the writing for him. In May we had an IEP meeting and had it added in that he could use a computer to type his homework (not all the assignments, but things that were longer he can). We bought him a laptop this summer and he's been practicing typing. When we left the meeting in May, the OT was saying that she recommended ds be allowed to go to the classroom computer in the corner to type assignments. I do not agree with that and want him to have a laptop available to him at school that he can have on his desk. I don't want him separated from his peers like that during all assignments. Kids will start noticing and asking questions. It would be a lot more discreet to just put a laptop on his desk and let him work. So, we'll see what we can do.