Monday, September 15, 2008

Skills and Schools

Snow White and Brother have a strange mix of skills and gaps in their abilities that keep surprising us. This weekend Daniel taught Snow White how to make peanut butter cookies without crushing them. He says he has to remind himself to slow down with her and not expect that she knows the same things as our girls knew at almost six years old. For instance, we are trying to teach her to tie her shoes right now.

Today I took them to start the enrollment process for school. Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be more complicated than I thought. We have to wait for a phone call to find out which school Snow White will be going to, and then call the bus barn to find out which bus she'll ride. Not a big deal, but she probably won't be starting tomorrow.

For Brother, however, there is a problem. The caseworker insisted that he needs to be in a Pre-K program, but in our area there are only so many free public Pre-K spots open at the schools. After that they are filled by those who can pay tuition. Currently, all the spots (even tuition ones) are filled and the best they can do is put his name on a lottery list. If spots open up and if his name is picked in the lottery, then I can call the director and ask if there is some way I can get him in despite not being able to pay tuition. I'm not sure what to do about this. I thought that since he has "special needs" due to severe speech delays they were required to help him. I'm going to ask the caseworker if there isn't some way that a speech therapist can be paid to just come to our home via Medicaid or the (limited) foster child discretionary fund that the county has.

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