Archive for April, 2013

Transitions

Soon N will be transitioning out of his lovely, amazing Montessori.  Well, in 3 months, but the end is nigh.  He gets that he is moving on, thrilled to be starting kindergarten and probably ready.  The school has a too-small playground and the posse gets a little too aggressive at times.  We were so fortunate that there are 7 boys who are less than 6 months apart in N’s class.  The boys had a great year and have good energy together. I’m not sure N really grasps that his buddies won’t be there next year.  And, he’s had an AMAZING teacher group the past 3 years.  It’s too much to hope that he’ll always have such rock start teachers but we know this sets him up for a good trajectory.  

But, as it relates to transitions, I think N knows he’s ready for the next thing.  When I went to college, I was READY.  My mother, who pretty much never cries, hugged me at the car and cried.  I was completely unprepared for this as I was just so jacked up to be at school.  I didn’t expect that from my mom, who is generally a very go with the flow kind of person.  Maybe that’s how N will feel.  He’ll be so jacked to go to K that perhaps he won’t think about the missing.  I hope this for him.  And I hope K that we end up sending him will get him be another experience where I see the sparks.  Lately, he’s been all sparks.  He does maps of the world – sparks.  He’s reading very well – more sparks.  He’ll ask what does X mean? Sparks. I see his brain churning, processing, and sometimes stopping (when it’s gulping too much).  

Our school choice is one that I’m not loving.  I am a bit wary of our local school (only because I’m not sure it’s a good fit for N, but I know it’s a good school and I think we’ll have to make it work).  If we had money to burn, I’d probably consider a private school.  And that’s odd coming from me as I am generally a huge believer in public schools.  However, this montessori experience has shown me the benefit of purposeful teaching.  It’s not just the montessori method that is great, but it’s how his teacher uses it to each child’s benefit.  She’s knows their minds and how they process things.  She knows their hearts.  She balanced the person N is with academics.  I’m not sure the way schools are run these days will allows for this.  I hope.


Little E



This is an outfit we sent him!

Process

Application to agency: 2/7/07 Dossier to agency: 7/30/07
i171h: 9/6/07
Referral: 9/13/07
POA to Guatemala: 9/28/07
DNA auth: 11/29/07
Enter family court: 12/18/07
DNA test: 1/16/08
Birth mother interview: 1/16/08
DNA test results to embassy: 1/23/08
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2nd DNA Test: 5/8/08
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