Well, we went to the interview for Small Modox Girls School. As I suspected, they wanted Thing 2 to get some speech therapy. (I have heard so many conflicting reports on whether Thing 2 needs it that I've taken a "wait and see" approach. Her vocabulary and syntax are fine, but she sounds like Elmer Fudd.) However, she also recommended OT. Why? Because Thing 2 can only form a few letters.
We are, of course, talking about a four-year-old. How many of us could write when we were four? My own preschool spent time and energy teaching me how to color and cut paper--and I've done the same. Sure, we play with the Handwriting Without Tears preschool book, but I just don't make a big deal out of it. Because she's FOUR!
Meanwhile Thing 1, who just turned six--literally, like three weeks ago--was able to read 96 out of 100 sight words, but her sounding out is rough. (Yeah, she's a VSL--I could have told them that.) They recommended enrolling her in first grade stat--otherwise she'd fall behind.
And here's where they raise the ire of the Queen.
The Powers That Be determined that Thing 1 functions on the level of the average first grader. However, there's a jump in ability between first and second grade, and Thing 1 might not be able to bridge the gap if I kept teaching her. OK, but, what if I put her in your program, and she still falls through the cracks? "Well, you have to have bitachon." Sorry, but I save my bitachon for Hashem. In fact, aren't we NOT supposed to put our trust in people? Moreover, if she already functions at the level of the average first grader (and we're in the month of December--so, not even the half-way point) then isn't there a good chance that Thing 1 will continue to progress and then be at the level of the average second grader by June?