Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Guest Request.... School Schedule

Someone asked my mom to ask me to post something about Alexis' schedule for school.
I will post what we know.
Alexis will start school next week at Perkins, probably Wednesday. The bus will arrive out our house at 7:15am, hoping to load her in (take some pictures) and make sure that they are ready for the journey.... It's 30.2miles but it takes 45 mins (without traffic). We will all hope that they can arrive for 8:30am arrival. At 8:30, Alexis will start her day.
I don't know what typical will be because she will have a lot of therapy appointments and a lot of child-time. From what I've seen of the classroom, it's BUSY. Basically they run the ship in a very organized fashion but it's an interesting dance to see. Basically there are 7-8 kids and about 7-8 adults with them at all times, then there is an army of therapists that come and go throughout the day for different needs. Every 30mins the children rotate to the "next" activity. Alexis will not get bored. Here's a copy of a "Monday" schedule, not Alexis' but one that represents the craziness of the day
8:30-9 Arrival
9-9:30 Eat
9:30-10 Prep for Swim
10-10:30 Swim
10:30-11 Change from Swim
11-11:30 O&M (Orientation and Mobility, the process of unifying your visual inputs with the physical therapy of walking / being mobile)
11:30-12 Computer (working on technology / aids in the classroom)
12-1:30 Lunch (everyone eats together, very very busy...)
1:30-2 Books (reading time)
2-2:30 Homebook (working on documenting what she did for the day... note: Alexis would probably take a nap if they went swimming in the morning)
2:30-3 PT (Physical Therapy)
Perkins is still working on getting Alexis' specific schedule written down. What I have seen though is they are working very hard and one of the teachers said "everyone is trying to clear their calendars to find time for Alexis". :-) Makes us so happy.
At 3pm, the bus will pick her up again and bring her home (30.2miles... probably 1 hr). We'll probably see her at home between 4-4:15.
No matter what, it'll be an ADJUSTMENT for Alexis to be regularly up and out of the house by 7:15. Hopefully after 2 weeks, Alexis will be in the "swing" of things and all will be very easy for her to manage.
We're getting excited, nervous and thrilled for her new adventure!!
Love to everyone,
Catherine, Jessica, Alexis & Matt

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