Tuesday, January 20, 2009

First day of school

Both Erin and Garrett started school in 2008. Erin started Kindergarten. She was very excited on her first day. Always the model, here she is posing on the morning of her first day.
When she got to school, she settled right in and never looked back. She loves her teacher, Ms. Wilsie and is always excited to go to school every morning. Our school district only has half day Kindergarten, so Erin attends from 8-11:00 am.

Erin and her class took a field trip to the Stockyards in Fort Worth to ride the Polar Express (or at least a train that was decorated to look like it). Erin had a great time on the trip and even got to meet Santa!

Here she is getting off the train. Her first train trip ever.

Garrett also had his first day of school in 2008. He started Preschool for Special Needs in September right after his 3rd birthday. Garrett is considered developmentally delayed. We noticed a few months after he was born that he wasn't doing the same things as other kids his age. He rolled over at about 7 months, he sat up at about 11 months and he walked at 22 months. At almost 3 1/2 he can put two or three words together and his vocabulary is limited. He has had extra help with his development since he was 1 year old, including physical, occupational and speech therapy. He continues to get all three therapies at school. Here is Garrett on his first day.

He looks a little nervous in the picture. He really didn't understand what "school" was or where he was going. I think he just got a sense that he wasn't going to be with Mama and Garrett loooooovves his Mama!! Now Garrett loves school. There are three other girls in his class, plus his teacher and an aide, so he gets lots of individual attention. He has progressed remarkably since he started school. He can count to 20 (with some help), he can sing the ABC song (with help), he can even make some of the letters with his hand using the Manual Alphabet. His speech is what has improved the most. I don't think he could put two words together when he started school and now it's 2 or 3 words consistently. But despite his limitations, Garrett has a great sense of humor. He makes us laugh all the time. I got to go to his class Christmas party meet the rest of his classmates. Here is Garrett doing a craft.

And giving his friend Mia a big hug. He talks about Mia all the time.

And with his teacher Ms. Hartweg.


JAMIE'S CREW said...

Great pics! It is fun to get to learn about you guys!

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