Thursday, November 1, 2007

Gentle Hearts Preschool

Remember when I posted about being concerned that no private preschool would except Christina? Thanks to your prayers, I have found Gentle Hearts Preschool (don't you just love that name?) which is operated out of the local Presbyterian Church.
Teresa, the director, has experience with special needs children, and has a true love for them, even bending the no-diaper rule for Christina. The children were all happily engaged in activities and seem fond of the three teachers. Christina will begin there shortly, accompanied by Catherine, her special ed teache, whom she has had for a year, but has refused to do any work since she began therapy at the local elementary school three hours a week. We are so excited to begin, Christina had to be dragged out of the school bodily when we visited!

My reason for sending her to preschool rather than kindergarten, is that my district has a full-day kindergarten with an inexperienced male teacher with an attitude which tells me he does NOT understand children. I doubt he's even a father. And, after Christy's last male teacher suddenly left her former preschool under dubious circumstances after 20 years of teaching there, I am terribly protecive of my sweet little girl. Can you blame me?
So, next Monday, I will again entrust my barely verbal, vulnerable child to a school for five hours a week. Keep us in your prayers.
On the wall of the school is one of my favorite songs to sing with Christina.
Jesus loves the little children,
all the children of the world,
red and yellow, black and white
( and Down syndrome)
they are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.


Jean M. Heimann said...


I am so happy you have found this private school for your precious daughter.

I will continue to pray for her and you, especially for this new intention.

May her guardian angel protect her and keep her safe. May our Holy Mother wrap her in the blanket of peace and protection that she used to cover her only Son.

God bless you and keep you in His loving care.

Anonymous said...

i will certainly pray all goes well..God bless

Esther said...

I am so happy you found what seems to be a loving place for Cristina away from home. I will be praying.

Joanne said...

How wonderful for your little girl, and for you to have found someplace that seems right for her. May you see her blossom from barely verbal and vulnerable to chatty and secure at this new school. And may everyone who cares for her there recognize what a precious jewel she is.

I love the picture you used in this post.