Sunday, October 05, 2008

Forgot to Mention.....

Before taking Nate to his first day at Kindergarten, Trey and I went to school to talk with the kids about Nate. We took his Kid Kart and some of his equipment to show them. Basically, we just explained how Nate is different in very simple terms, brought pictures of him and let them ask any questions (which was a lot!). It helped so much to introduce Nate and his situation first and then actually bring him to class. On his first day, we were walking down the hall to his class, and one of the kids yelled - NATHAN'S HERE! It was so cute! The teacher said the kids were so excited all morning knowing Nate was coming to class that day. They seemed to accept him although there was still some staring, which is normal. A lot of the kids said hi and waved to him. One little girl actually lives a couple houses down from us and already knew Nate. This class is very different from the class he has been in for the past couple of years. His other class was for special needs kids (although most were extremely mild special needs compared to Nate) and was more of a play class, which was good for him at the time. Kindergarten is very structured and more educational which is great for Nathan. But his time at school is more for social skills and being around other kids his own age, than education. The home bound teacher is focusing solely on education. I have requested the home bound teacher do more "kindergarten curriculum" and gear her time to more education based activities. He seems to really enjoy it! Nate loves to learn!

2 comments:

Jana Gundy said...

Yeah for Nathan! Kindergarten is such a big step and I'm thrilled he did well with it! Good Job big guy! Kyle liked the veggies too, but only when they were singing! Just to let you know Jen, that there is already a sma type 1 with rsv and one that had the flu. I can't believe it's happening this early!

NoahandMax said...

That is great!!! What a great way to introduce him to his class. I think children are so accepting when they are just told what's going on. Sometimes I don't think we, as adults give them enough credit. I am applying for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program through TCC. I really want to work with children. If you use an OT I would love the opportunity to observe and finally get to meet Nathan!