preschool in the rear-view mirror / kindergarten approaching quickly

20 08 2008
Peter cleans up on his last day of preschool

Peter cleans up on his last day of preschool

Followers of this blog know that my son Peter has developmental delays, and has been enrolled in a preschool autism class for the past 3 years.  I feel the quality of his preschool education has been superior.  We are grateful for 3 years with 3 different and excellent teachers.  Peter has grown to know and love his classmates – some of whom have been at his side for the full 3 years.  On August 15th, Peter attended his preschool for the last time.  A hot summer Friday, it started as “water day”, where the kids get soaked by the teachers & each other.  Every hose & dozens of water toys are used, and laughter dominates the soundtrack.

Saying goodby to Miss Liz for the last time

Saying goodbye to Miss Liz for the last time

We brought a cake in to celebrate with all the kids, teachers, aides & families.  They have all been like family to us – especially to Peter, and we will no longer see them on a daily basis.

As frightening as Peter in a new school/teacher/classmates seems now, we gladly reflect back a few years – when he was non-verbal, non-cooperative and never-ever smiled.  At that time, he was an unhappy child.  Today he is a joyful, playful and a personable young man.

Time to turn the page of a new chapter in Peter’s life.  We welcome it.

Peter’s Last Day of Preschool
Island Creek Elementary School
Alexandria, Virginia
August 15, 2008

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21 08 2008
Cyndi

Great post and video! I know Matthew will miss having Peter in class with him…who will he hold hands with now??!

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