A New School Year!

There are lots of changes coming down the pike, most of them driven by the fact that school is about four weeks away.  We need supplies, clothes, routines and most importantly preparation.

Wednesday we drove past the new school. Unfortunately, the major overhaul they scheduled this summer is still going on and it upset Roo.  There are a lot of new changes for him, where we live there are four schools (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 & HS).  This year Roo gets to move to a new school; that means new building, new teachers, new principle, new toilets, new hallways, new rules, new playground, new lunchroom … you get my drift.  And, now there is uncertainty in his mind that there will even be a school, as it is still in the remodel process.  The school will be ready, I know it will.  This year he and Sissy will be in different schools.  They will get off the bus at different times and get picked up at different times. There’s a lot to adjust to.

The supplies and clothes are being put on hold till the first weekend in August, its tax free weekend (Woo Hoo!!!) The routines are being hammered out, I want to start them next week so they are old news when school starts (we will see), and we are starting the preparation phase:

Phase 1: Take your kid by his new school and completely freak him out because you are too stupid to drive by and check it yourself and now he thinks it’s broken and he doesn’t have one.  CHECK

Phase 2:  Hammer out Morning, Afternoon and Evening Routines and implement at least three weeks prior to school starting.

Phase 3: Write letter to teacher introducing your amazing little man and all his awesomeness and my contact info just in case she can’t handle all the awesomeness that is my Roo.

Phase 4: Get supplies and let him touch, smell and lick prior to school starting.

Phase 5: Tour the school, several times to get familiar with faces and places.

There is lots to be done, as soon as I get Schedules worked out I will post them and you can tell me what you think.  I will also do a post on the letter for his teacher.  I am open to any and all suggestions. 

What do you do to get you kiddo ready for school?  I really want to know 😉

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Wow! Where did that come from?

We have had a pretty uneventful summer, when you take the past school year into consideration.  Our behaviours have been much better, although life has been more relaxed.  He has a lot more time to do what he wants to do versus what he needs to do at school.
We have had some pretty stellar moments too!  We learned that his meltdowns are fear driven and not anger, which completely blew me away! You can read about that here. 
We participated on a baseball team with NT kids and did really well, despite our lack of fine motor skills and the inability to catch.  He even made a friend, which was awesome!!!  We also went to the end of the year party, and while he stayed mostly to himself he did participate in a round of kickball and a water balloon fight.
We are collecting maps from the fifty states, which has been exciting!!  He has beaten all the video games we own :).  He has made some pretty awesome Lego creations!  He also got to got to the Lego Land Discovery Center in KC!  Oh and he got to see downtown KC, which he thought was Metropolis … LOL! He went tubing at the lake with his dad and cousins. And he hasn’t been in a bit of trouble at camp, till yesterday.
So what happened yesterday?  Who knows. Most certainly not anyone who was there.  The boys were sitting around the table at camp … talking and completely out of the blue Roo tells another boy that’s not involved in the conversation in any way shape or form that he’s going to hurt him.  Umm…I am being a bit vague in the comment.  It was a pretty serious threat and pretty much on target with threats he’s made in the past.  However, usually he’s in fight or flight mode.  Yesterday he was “joking”. It wasn’t funny!  We cannot fathom for a second what caused it.  He hasn’t had milk, which does cause him to have behavioral issues!  He wasn’t upset or fearful.  He hasn’t had a single problem all summer! We have been talking about school starting up and he did get his new school shoes the day before.  Honestly, I don’t know what caused it. The cause is important so I can know how to prevent it.  Needless to say, he has lost electronics for a week