We expected Alex to go to a new school next year. It’s time for that oh-so-fun transition between grade school and middle school, and we’ve been preparing him for that transition for months now. What we didn’t expect was for Ben to move to a new school in the middle of his grade school years, but apparently that’s exactly what he’s going to do. And we left ourselves little time to prepare. We had a few days to get a few pieces in place and we’re going to start acting on those pieces before school starts next year, but for a little boy that struggles with transitions it doesn’t seem like enough.
Yet, I can’t deny the need for the change. Ben’s needs cannot be met—at least not in a progressive, developmentally appropriate way—at his current school. The new school should be able to meet those needs and may bring new insight that leads to new solutions. The only thing is that the act of transitioning Ben through such a major change could derail what progress he’s made this year.
So, we’ll bear what we have to bear and make it as bearable as possible for him. Meanwhile, Alex seems to be excited—not anxious—about his impending transition. Hopefully that lasts through the beginning of his first year in middle school. He certainly ended this year with a fun, exhausting bang!