Preparing MJ for Middle School (Part 1)

Ok…I have to write about this in parts because I get way to anxious when I think about it…

MJ will be going to middle school in August (Jesus, help me).  As I have said several times before, I teach middle school and so I think I am even more nervous than the normal parent (I have just seen too much).  He will be in a self-contained classroom for the majority of the day and will be taught the major subjects in that room.  He will attend “regular” classes for PE, Art, and Music.  Due to our schedules I have no choice but to place him in before care.  I have been trying to get him into a before care since MARCH! I thought about placing him in the “regular” before care but after one visit I KNEW it was not the place for him.  There were LOTS of kids and not much organization.  It looked more like a student hangout.  There was no way on God’s green earth that I was placing him there!  I was told that the school had a special needs before care! I went unannounced and visited them.  IT WAS AWESOME! The kids were all working on a fun activity and there was plenty of SUPERVISION.  I looked at the kid’s faces and they were pleasant.  I immediately began making phone calls to get him into that before care.  Finally after playing phone tag for weeks with the director, we made an appointment to meet.  It was required that MJ come with me to the meeting. I am happy to report that everything went well! I filled out the paperwork while MJ played on his Nabi.  We are now officially enrolled in the program.  This puts my mind at ease (a little) because I know that he will be properly supervised in the morning before school starts…One small step completed!