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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Saturday, February 09, 2008  
School Boy

Brendan began pre-school this week. He has adjusted really well and didn't cry when Melissa left him there the first day. The others were into their routine as they came in, which he noticed, so he went up to the teacher to let her know he needed help. They had gone by the school to meet the teacher and look around, so he felt comfortable doing that. He got a star the first day, and his teacher told Melissa that he followed the rules and did everything the others did. This is very encouraging.

It took a while to get him in school because he needed to be tested first. I noticed some signs several years ago and eventually convinced Brian and Melissa that he needed testing. We're never a prophet in our own land, so it took a while. The testing people were wonderful at the Early Intervention Center at White's Creek. It was determined that he has Asperger's, which is a high-functioning form of autism. I was impressed with them during testing and at the meeting. I've been to many of them when I taught in the gifted program since it's funded by special education and thought they did a great job.

It's taken several months for Metro to find a school that matches Brendan's IEP. So now he's in a blended pre-K class at Amqui Elementary School in Madison, which means the class is comprised of both regular students and those with IEP's. Wish him luck! I'm being such a grandmother and just want them to be good to him and help him be his best. I also don't want him to disrupt the class and to do well.

For those of you not in the business, an IEP is an Individualized Educational Program and is designed to remediate whatever specific areas the student needs help with.

So far, so good with Brendan. I hope he likes school, behaves, learns, and is treated with kindness.

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