It's hard to believe that another whole school year has passed. Raya has had a great year at school this year. We are extremely blessed to have had a caring teacher, wonderful aides, and a really great school nurse. Without any of these people being as awesome as they've been, sending her to school would be so incredibly stressful. It's hard to trust other people to take care of a child who needs specialized care, and so wonderful when you find a village who you know can and will take good care of them for you.
She has done even better than anyone expected her to this year. Academically, she blew us all away. She is reading at a 3rd grade level, learns very quickly, and remembers things well. She LOVES school! She is sad about her teacher not being her teacher anymore but we are crossing our fingers and praying that she'll keep the same aide for the coming year. We had an IEP meeting earlier this month and it went so well that I had to pinch myself. Hearing the words, "What we're doing here is working so let's not change anything." was music to this mama's ears. First grade was a year of growth for her, and with the help of her teacher and aide, we were able to identify some strategies to work on for the coming year that I think will set her up for success as she moves through the next couple of years when the curriculum will get more challenging. I am so proud of her (and all her awesome siblings!) and we are happy to be finished with this school year and on to summer break!
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