Our son started going to Building Blocks in September 2003. He went 3 mornings in the Preschool setting and 2 mornings in the Kindergarten setting. This was what was decided by ourselves and the staff members, since our son has special needs and was at the age to attend Kindergarten but was, in certain areas, intellectually at the Preschool level. It was important to us to have our son with his peers, but we still had to acknowledge his delays. The staff at Building Blocks helped in both areas. They adapted the Kindergarten work to his level. He learned his alphabet (both upper and lower case), the sounds that each letter makes, and recognized his numbers to 20, by the end of this school year. He has been included in everything, from daily routines to Christmas and end of school concerts. He has been taught how to be just one of the kids! In order to keep our son’s academics up, we chose to keep him in Building Blocks for the smaller teacher/student ratio, 3 afternoons a week, even though he is attending a public school in the mornings (a decision we made so our son could learn the school routines before starting Grade 1). The staff continues to encourage him to try the difficult tasks, in a non-threatening way. Without Building Blocks, we feel our son would not be as far advanced as he is. We have nothing but praise for the school and all involved. The only thing we want to know is “WHY DON’T YOU TEACH HIGHER GRADES?”!!!
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To all of the wonderful ladies at Building Blocks Nursery School,
September 2006 was not just the first day of school for our son, it was a turning point in his life, as well as ours. It was the time we handed our special-boy over to strangers – whom through word of mouth came highly recommended. Regardless, having to part with our most valued treasure made my husband and I very nervous. Luca, our son, was and still is very attached to us; some say he’s ‘too attached’. Because of this, we felt it was time to do what was best for Luca. That meant allowing him the opportunity to spread his wings and learn how to develop the trust, in others, as well as offering him the chance to meet new friends. Initially, the transition was extremely difficult for my husband and I; but most of all, it was difficult for Luca. It was so hard, we couldn’t take seeing him in so much emotional pain, and came very close to pulling him out of school a number of times. Boy are we glad we didn’t. We all persevered, and over time, Luca began to not only like school but love it!!! And it’s all because of the dedication, and more importantly the love, wonderful women like you bring to the classroom each and every day.
The transformation in Luca over the past nine months has been truly remarkable. Family and friends have all noticed the positive change in him. Each and every one of you, in your own respective ways, have contributed to Luca’s development and growth, and for this my husband and I are truly grateful. We cannot put into words our gratitude, all we can say is thank you…… and please continue making a difference in our children’s lives – offering them the initial ‘building blocks’ to success!
Have a wonderful summer and see you in September!!!The Maiuri Family