Parent Teacher Conference
Earlier this week we had a parent-teacher conference at Israel's school. We had a roundtable discussion with his lead teacher and therapists to discuss his goals and progress.
I thought this meeting went very well. I actually went to his school about a month ago, and we were in the height of his sleeping issues. At that time, his teachers reported that he was very distracted and lazy. They told me this week that they have seen a huge improvement in the last few weeks (since he was on the heavy sleeping pill and sleeping at night!) and he has become more focused and has made vast improvements in many of his goals. We are obviously so excited to hear this, and also thankful to see the positive correlation of sleep and Israel's progress. They said that they have not seen a kid progress so quickly in just a short span of weeks but Israel's sleeping has really skyrocketed his vocabulary and movement. He walks down the hall by himself (no need to guide his walker) exactly to the rooms he is supposed to go. He is saying new words and crawling. He loves his therapists and continues to be a very friendly kid. He loves the elevator (this is new!!) and will walk with his teachers holding only one hand so he can practice being stable. He's eating great at school but sometimes they have to refocus him to keep eating because he gets distracted.
(Above, his classroom, below, his therapy room).
We really love his school and are excited about his team of teachers and therapists. They are not coddling him and are pushing him to work hard. They are serious about making Israel independent, which requires hard work! I'm really thankful for his pre-k placement and excited to see about the progress he will continue to make this year.