Mia's birthday is October 29 and here in the state of California the cut off for school is December 2. Therefore, Mia could go into kindergarten not this year but next, but because she is so young for her grade, we have chosen to keep her out till the following year. So, Mia will have 2 years of preschool (this year and the next) before heading to Kindergarten. Anyway, we decided to put her into my school district preschool. It is a progressive new preschool model through the public schools that includes a class of half special ed kids (mostly speech delayed kids) and half regular ed kids. The great part about this program is the regular ed kids like Mia get all of the interventions the special ed kids get like speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and others as well. Our district and others in the country have done studies on the students both special ed and regular ed that come out of the program and they score much higher than their peers in different preschool programs. It works well for both special ed and regular ed kids and both benefit, therefore when my district said I could enroll Mia in our preschool, I jumped at the chance. There are limited number of regular ed spaces available and they only go to Upland residents but because I work in the district, they gave Mia a spot---yaaaa!!! So, all that to say---- Mia started preschool last week--yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
Picture before we left
Heading through the gates
Mia and her new teacher Mrs. Moderager-- and yes, Mia pronounces her name perfectly-- I still cant.
Mia in line with one of her friends from Church who happened to be put in the same class. Mia was thrilled!!!!
Walking to their classroom
Mia loves puzzles and was so happy there were tons to play with in their classroom