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Thursday, September 24, 2009
First Day of School
Nolan had his first day of preschool today. The first day that I would give him a hug and say, "I'll be back soon!" and leave the classroom. I was worried about separation anxiety. I was worried about communication issues. I was worried about other children potentially pulling on his hearing aids.
For all my worries, the day went so smoothly, there isn't really anything to write about. The other kids weren't interested in his aids at all. Separation went like this:
Me: I'll see you later, Nolan!
Nolan: See later, Mom!
No tears, no angst, not even a pouty little lip. Just a happy little boy who was baking a pretend cake with his teacher.
His hearing in noise is questionable at best, but the teachers are so caring and do everything they can to minimize background noise. Nolan's articulation differences are apparent sometimes, as he tends to have some distorted vowels and strange consonants- the other kids shouted out "COW!" during story time and Nolan shouted out "Dah!" (his word for cow). For the most part, however, he fit right into the class.
When I picked him up, he was eating goldfish crackers and a pretzel. Mouth full of gummy food, he offered me one, "Here go, Mom."
Today was an absolute success. I am thrilled that he is not the youngest in the class, and that the staff (I think there were about 5 staff members in the room) was so caring and helpful with my little boy. I absolutely love this program and I can see Nolan growing in many ways through this next year!