What were your kids' experiences in a regular kindergarten class?

Kristine - posted on 03/26/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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We just had a big meeting at school and my daughter is going to be in kindergarten next year. She's going to have lots of help with an aide and pull-outs for speech and OT and some subjects, but for the most part she'll be in with the other kids. I'm nervous about it. Did your kids adjust well?

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Rita - posted on 10/27/2009

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But...look in any classroom and you'll find kids that are learning at different levels. It's not just kids with a label like DS or Autism that have special needs. There are "regular" kids that have learning difficulties too.

If you are an employer with a new trainee, do you put him on the job with the other trainees to learn, or do you put him with your best worker to learn?

Kids learn a lot from each other too. The schools are supposed to be moving toward teaching all kids in their classes at each of their levels.

Kids with DS will know that they have different learning abilities than other kids before we have to tell them that. Other kids in the school will also know that. My hope is that with my son in their class, they will find that fact so common, that it won't be something to look at and laugh at. My hope is that those kids will be excited about learning along with Erik.

I think that kids need to know that not everyone in this world is a scholar in every subject. It's ok not to be the best at everything. That people everyone learns from each other and with the help of each other.



If this sounds like a rant, I'm sorry. I am still new at this whole learning/school thing too. I just hope that I am not too naive in my dream that Erik belongs with his peers (kids his own age) and will learn along side of them (still at his own rate). And they can all be excited together about the individual milestones that they each accomplish.

Wouldn't that be a great world?

Tereasa - posted on 10/27/2009

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In my experience, my son who is now a graduate of high school, did better in the E.S.E. classes in a regular school environment. He got to be in class with his peers but he also was integrated in the school activities like lunch time and dances. He did great with that combination and hopefully this helps with your decision. In my opinion, putting a child with special needs in a class with kids that do not have special needs put an unnecessary strain on a child because of the fact the child with special needs realizes that they are different in their learning abilities and can be hard on them.

Rita - posted on 05/06/2009

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You have to know that the more your daughter is with children, the less they will notice differences and the more normal it will be for them to have her around.

My son is just about 7 . He's been with the same kids for 1 year of story hour, 2 years of preschool and is in grade 1 this year It's not the kids who have the most trouble. They notice that Erik doesn't speak as well and that he needs extra help, but he hasn't had any teasing that I know of. Erik loves school and has many friends in his grade as well as other grades.

Don't be afraid, be strong and excited.

Kristine - posted on 04/02/2009

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Karina has had 2 years of preschool also.  She's done really well, but it's a class with typical children and children with other issues.  I guess I'm just afraid they'll make fun of her, which has happened before.  Her preschool class has starting going once a week to participate in the kindergarten class and Karina did incredibly well, so I should just relax!  Thanks.

Tammy1074 - posted on 04/02/2009

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My son is 3 and he has not entered kindergarten yet. But where I live Down syndrome children are required to do 2 years of preschool before they can enter kindergarten.



He is in a preschool class with typical kids and at first I was very concerned. But he is doing very well. Hes a little follower soooo he is coming home with habits were not crazy about. But all in all. Hes doing great and your daughter will to.



We want our children to be treated like typical children. Then when their put it that place we get nervous when we should be happy. Funny huh.

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