Lincoln's Pre-K Evaluation {Follow Up Post} | The Momma Diaries

Monday, October 15, 2012

Lincoln's Pre-K Evaluation {Follow Up Post}

First of all, I would like to thank you all for your kind wishes, and words of encouragement on last weeks post.  It means a lot to hear you all care so much about my sweet Lincoln. 

As nervous as I was for the evaluation, thankfully all of my nerves went right out the window once our evaluators met us at the door to the elementary school.  They were seriously so nice. 

We followed them to the pre-school classroom.  When we walked into the door, Lincoln's exact words were, "WOW!!!"  There were SO many toys, SO many new things to see, A LOT of fun stuff! 

Here's where it gets tricky.  Our evaluators wanted to jump right into things, and get straight to work, quizzing Lincoln.  There was absolutely no way he was having any of it.  Not only were we in a new environment, we were in a toddler's dream environment.  There were way too many new things for him to discover! 

Thankfully, the evaluators quickly realized, they weren't going to get anywhere with him, so they allowed him some free, independent play, while they asked Jared and me some questions. 

They also quickly assessed that we would be doing the evaluation in two days, so they could get a good feel for Lincoln.  And no surprise, next time we meet, we won't be going to the fun Pre-K classroom. 

They were able to test Lincoln a little bit.  This basically was them showing him a picture.  There were usually five different objects or so on the page.  They would ask Lincoln, "where's the ball, car, puppy, etc?"  Lincoln would always point to the correct picture, and respond with its name. 

They also quizzed him on his body parts, which he knew, as well. 

I think next time, we'll be doing more in depth far as "in depth" you can test an almost 3 year old. 

I was able to get some information on if he's accepted into the program, how it works.  He would go to SCHOOL four mornings per week.  Umm.  Wait a sec.  I need to catch my breath.

I really wasn't expecting this.  I was also told that Lincoln could be bussed to school:::hyperventilates into paper bag:::

I really don't think I could have said, "Oh, I would just bring him myself," fast enough. 

I'm really not sure how I feel about the entire "four mornings a week" thing. 


Is he ready for a program that aggressive?  Will it be overwhelming to him? 

Will it be overwhelming to me???

If I have to be honest with myself, Lincoln would probably love it.  It just seems like this whole "going to school thing" is happening way too fast.  I don't know if I'm ready!!!

But.  This isn't about me.  It's about Lincoln, and what he needs.  If it is decided that he could benefit from this program, how can I stop him from attending? 

I can't.

As Lincoln's Momma, I have to put his needs before mine.  Even if that means my heart breaks a little bit, in the mean time.  He comes first.  Always.

Nothing is decided yet.  We still have our second evaluation in a couple of weeks.  For now, I'm taking it one day at a time.  There is no sense to dwell on the what-if's.  Right now, we just have to take things as they come....and wait. 

The waiting is always the hard part.

Regardless if Lincoln gets into the Pre-K program, or not, I will do what's best for my sweet boy.  I'm his Momma.  That's my job.


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