First and Last…

Sammy First and Last

Sammy started Montessori school in Minden when he was two-years-old. He went into Miss Kim’s baby room and really liked it! Sadly Miss Kim quit for bigger and better things, and Miss Angela took over as the baby room leader. We took Sammy out of school for all my regular school vacations and when he returned as a three-year-old he got to go into the big kid room with Miss Kathy. That year was really tough on little Sammy as potty training was almost being forced on him, Sammy had to have surgery to take out his tonsils and adenoids and put tubes in his ears and we were pregnant with Jack! I took Sammy out of school and after he had healed from surgery we decided to try another preschool in Carson where we hoped the environment would not be as stressful… we were wrong! There were bullies and the director was not going to do anything about it (blaming Sam for being bullied!) – so we pulled him out of that school and kept him home for the summer. When it was time to go back to school I called up Montessori and enrolled him back in there requesting a different room and different teachers. He got in to Miss Jamy’s room and liked being back to Montessori. Sammy started out having problems with making friends and playing with other kids, but we watched him and worked with him and by the end of the year Sammy had many friends (mostly girls) and we figured out that Sammy is a math brain. It was also the end of preschool and Sammy was getting ready to enter Kindergarten and Miss Jamy promised Sammy would be in her class again. When Sammy started his last year at Montessori Miss Jamy was out on maternity leave and we were worried that Sammy would regress and not do well, but it turned out Sammy was totally okay with it. Although, when Jamy did return everything got a lot better! Sammy’s favorite part about school (everyday we asked what his favorite part of school was that day) were the “jobs” (school work). Going out to play, at one point, was annoying for him because he only wanted to do jobs. By the end of the year Sammy enjoyed everything about school! Sammy had some really tough issues and Jamy was amazing helping us figure out how to best deal with Sammy and help him move in the right direction. The last day of school was spent at Fuji park in Carson with a pizza party! It was a nice end to a major milestone in our little Sammy’s life. Now on to first grade…. *scream*

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