He asks to go to school every day.
Actually several times a day.
Every day we drop Tess, Jude and Mimi off at school and every single day we drive back in the afternoon to pick them up. Ru was attending a regular ol' public school in China and was in the 1st grade. Several people told us he was doing well there, a typical student. Prior to that he finished both preschool and kindergarten. And up until last month his whole entire life was surrounded with other children every moment of every day. It makes sense that he wants to go to school so badly.
Over this last week I've had 2 meetings with school and district administration re Ru starting school in the fall and what grade level to place him in. Ru has totally figured out that school is an option, so he's started asking when he's going to school rather than if he can go and getting a little insistent about it. Granted there isn't an answer to this question yet so we just say soon. He wants us to say today or tomorrow, which are words are in his vocabulary but the answer is only soon and he follows up with the next question, "Little bit?" He's pretty excited about the thought of going to school and also getting increasingly frustrated with each passing day that he can't go.
Over the course of these meetings the principal asked if we'd like to start Ru this year (ya, like next week!) going to just music class (or perhaps PE and/or art) and maybe lunch just to give him a little exposure to what school is like. This is an option that we hadn't even considered. We haven't decided yet becuase honestly there is so so much to consider about sending him to school, for even as little at 60-90 minutes 2 x per week, and I like I mentioned before my head is filled these days. His self esteem. His inability to speak to teachers. Indiscriminate affection... But we'll have to decide soon since there really only are 4 weeks of school left. Today we head off to the school again for an English evaluation test. Maybe it's wrong, but we're hoping he fails it miserably since he'll qualify for some extra services for next year if he does.
|4 doing an Asian squat... |
well not Jude so much but he's still in PT from his surgery and working on core strength so close enough.
So that's where thing the whole school thing stands for now... ish.