Dude got another hot heap of trauma piled on him today.
When I dropped him off at school this morning he quickly noticed that the room had been rearranged. Me, I noticed the sign on the door saying that today is a Spanish learning day and that everyone in the school will be speaking Spanish exclusively.
Dude doesn't speak Spanish anymore. In fact, he will look at Great Grandma P and ask her to speak English is she says something to him in Spanish.
Now not only is Dude scared to death to leave me, but he's going to be surrounded by an entire school of people not even speaking his language.
They only thought they were starting to see "behaviors". This is not going to bode well I'm sure.
1. I'm going to call Rainbow. I'm going to ask her off the record what would happen if Dude only goes to school on the English speaking days.
2. I'm going to be picking Dude up earlier every day. Yes, I need the time at home with my students. But I cannot subject him to more trauma. The System requires that I send him to school. They do not require that he eat lunch there or nap there.
3. I'm going to call the new Guardian Ad Litem and see how he feels about this. Maybe, just maybe, he understands early childhood development. Maybe he'll see that subjecting Dude to this in this time of his life is not in his best interests.
4. Then, if this is what it is, I'll survive. I'll tell myself that he might learn some Spanish. That would make it easier for him if/when he does go to Dallas. Dude is smart. And Dude's teacher isn't fully in favor of this change. She told me herself that her Spanish isn't that good. She isn't fluent herself...at least not enough to teach all day in Spanish. And as I walked out of the room this morning, she was talking to Dude in English. She said she's going to pass my concerns along to the board of directors. She also assured me that any individual instruction with the children will be done in their primary language. I have to pray that she's going to speak English to Dude today enough that he doesn't completely freak out.
He was sooooooooo scared when I left him. I told his teacher that we are starting all over. He's scared. He doesn't want to leave me. He's going to need a lot of reassurance. I also told her I'd be there before lunch to pick him up.