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For Exceptional Needs students, parents, and teachers.

What's your favorite grade to teach, and why?

How has being a teacher helped you as a parent?

What's the number one thing parents can do to help their kids succeed in school?

What's a great gift parents can give teachers?

Ms. Whieley

As a teacher, I love gifts from the heart. I usually don't get gifts because of my school populations but I do get things like a simple "Thank you" from parents, hugs, and handwritten notes. These mean more than parents buying me something. Happy Holidays
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What can parents do to get their child ready for Kindergarten?

Ms. Whieley

Early Planning For Exceptional Needs-- Starting early to prepare for kindergarten does not mean learning kindergarten skills in preschool, but rather, it involves making sure children have preschool skills such as being able to retell a simple story and being able to recognize the letters in their name when they enter kindergarten. If they have these skills they are more likely to be able to start the following year strong. The year before kindergarten is the time to learn important skills, such as tracing the shapes of letters and numbers on paper, following simple instructions, recognizing the title of a book, and matching rhyming sounds. All of these skills are important for future school success, because together they form a foundation of strong prereading and prewriting skills necessary for future work with letters and sounds in kindergarten. Getting ready for kindergarten involves more than just learning the ABCs. Along with learning letters, sounds, numbers, and rhymes, new social experiences like taking turns and going to school for an entire day need to be considered as well. The Preschool Special Education Team will have planned your child's transition to kindergarten and will facilitate what needs to be in place for a successful kindergarten school year with the Elementary Special Education Team.
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How much help should parents give their kids with homework?

Ms. Whieley

Homework is independent practice of what they worked on during the day. Parents should set guidelines about when it should do their homework. By setting a schedule you know that it gets completed nightly. Remember that your child's homework is their responsibility, not your! If they forget to turn it in tough luck.
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