As we approach Easter Sunday I thought it would be good to do a recap of one of Alyssa’s weeks. It astounds me how truly blessed we have been with the people who Alyssa spends her days with. I have yet to meet a person at her school who I did not immediately feel at peace with leaving my daughter with. The overall atmosphere of her school is one of joy and excitement for the day… no matter the day. It is just so amazing that so many happy hearts wound up under one roof. I’m doubly grateful for Alyssa’s teacher. She takes the time each day to e-mail me with what is going on…even still! It’s wonderful because her e-mails usually come while Alyssa is napping and then when she gets up we can “talk” about her day.
This week’s theme was Spring and they did some really great activities from making birds nests to dying eggs to going on an egg hunt! Life has a funny way of working out and due to the weather they had to move the hunt inside which allowed Alyssa to army crawl and find her own eggs. She was so cute when she came home today with her Easter bucket and eggs. She beamed with pride as I asked her about them. The day that they dyed them she managed to grab the green dye…yeah she is THAT quick! Ha! Her little fingernails are still a bit green and it makes me smile each time I notice it! I’m just so proud of her for getting involved and so thankful that she’s with people who figure out how to involve her without making it feel like a burden for a moment!
Even though the week was filled with lots of “bonus” activities she didn’t get to escape the norm! She’s begun wiggling her little body to the songs when they play in addition to her clapping. I love that 1) She is doing something a bit new and different each day and 2) Her teacher is so attentive and excited about it! How great is that?! Alyssa is starting to vocalize a bit in speech but isn’t forming real words for Mrs. C yet. However, she does follow direction pretty well. With occupational therapy this week she worked on the balance ball reaching and stretching for toys. Wednesdays are usually her busiest day of the week but they keep her plate pretty full everyday!
One thing they did this week outside was color with chalk. They brought out Alyssa’s tray and gave her a chalkboard which they assisted her in coloring on. A couple of the Kinder kids came over to ask what was wrong. I adore the fact that Mrs. L sees it as a teaching situation and an opportunity for everyone involved to learn a bit of compassion. When I went to class on St. Paddy’s day a different class was out and a couple of the kids gathered around until one was brave enough to ask. I simply told him “Oh, nothing happened. Her muscles just aren’t quite as strong as yours yet.” He simply said “OH!” all relieved and then still stood a bit concerned. I said “Hey, but until then she gets to use this really cool chair!” He smiled and said “It IS cool!” and went back to playing. It amazes me how Kinder-age kids will ask with concern and without judgment. They just want to know why someone is missing out on their “normal.” It’s so hard not to turn into Mama Bear and get defensive but I know that each of them is asking out of genuine concern and empathy and I try so very hard to keep it short, simple, and positive. So far, that is all they need!
Another week down and now it’s onto Spring Break! I’m not letting Alyssa run off to Cancun just yet 😉 . However, we are heading down to Laughlin for Easter weekend with Neil’s parents and grandfather to visit his aunt and uncle. It should be a nice escape and a relaxing time!