We decided to enroll Cadence in pre-school this year. I know she is only three, but she is so smart and keeps asking when she can go to school. I put her on the list for Riverside. It is the pre-school for kids with disabilities (mostly speech delays, some severe) for Logan City School District. She is one of the "model" peers. It is important to me that the kids learn to love people with disabilities and not be afraid of or make fun of them. She goes 2 days a week for 2.5 hours a day. Cadence was so excited to start school. She woke up at 6:30am because she was so excited. Even though I have been taking her and Cooper to the FIRC for storytime, she really wants to go to school by herself. The told me, "You can leave now, Mom. I want to go by myself." Chris and I drove her over and these are the pictures we took of our big girl!!! Cooper is growing so big too.
Cadence's teacher is Miss Joy (Coombs). When I was in the SPED program at USU, she was my practicum partner at Logan High. Funny how she is Cadence's teacher now!!!
Cadence LOVED her first day. She came running out smiling and happy. She got a treat, stamps on her hand, painted, sang "The Wheels on the Bus," traced her name, played in the sand and more. Since I know the bus drivers, they let Cadence and Cooper sit on the bus while they were loading the kids in wheelchairs. Both thought the bus was SO COOL!!!
Cadence wanted to play in the sand more. (It is becoming standard that after pre-school, we walk to the playground and play in the sand for 30 minutes or longer.) She told me all about school and how much she likes it. I'm so happy!!! We walked home in the stroller because it is only about 1/2 mile from our house. By the time we got home, Cadence and Cooper were both asleep. A very big day indeed!!!
For the most part, she has really enjoyed pre-school. She can spell her name verbally now. She traces her name too. She hasn't loved writing letters yet. Some of the things she has said are, "one, two, three sides. One, two, three angles." I guess she learned about triangles that day. She sings these cute little songs for cleaning up and about getting a friend. Cooper and I go to aerobics at the church and do some errands while she is at school. We usually ride the bike with the burley connected to pick her up. This works out well in our schedule. I'm glad that Cadence is liking school!!!