[blindkid] repeating an early year
blindchildren at verizon.net
Sun May 9 13:53:36 UTC 2010
Just as a clarification, Serena did not exactly repeat a year in
preschool. For that last year, she attended a "young five" program,
meant for kids who either just made or just missed the Kindergarten
cutoff, tho she was chronologically old enough to begin K. Here is
how preschool went for Serena:
3 years old: special ed preschool part time
4 years old: special ed preschool part time & Montesori School
3-yr-old class part time
5 years old: regular preschool Young Five program
6 years old: regular Kindergarten
At 01:36 PM 5/7/2010, you wrote:
>I am glad to hear you folks have done that, because I was thinking it was
>going to be necessary to take that much time to be sure I had a good
>foundation. I was feeling a little overwhelmed about teaching all the
>Braille stuff and the curriculum at the same time. Now I feel a little
>better about that. Thanks for sharing!
>We are looking at the possibility of moving the Pennsylvania next year. Any
>feed back about how services for the blind are and which areas have better
>On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 4:52 PM, Joy Orton <ortonsmom at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > Marie wrote that Jack will do another year in preschool, and Carol wrote
> > that Serena repeated a year of preschool.
> > Our daughter spent two years in kindergarten. She took public school
> > preschool, and our district would not let us repeat preschool, but they let
> > us do two years of kindergarten.
> > The kindergarten teacher was not sure about that, because she said our
> > daughter had mastered the kindergarten curriculum.
> > She spent more time on braille instruction during the second year, and her
> > reading is great now (third grade).
> > I think we probably needed a little more communication about what she was
> > supposed to be working on.
> > Sometimes when the other kids were playing, she had to do her classroom
> > work
> > that she had "missed" when working with the TVI.
> > Near the end of the year I found out she was missing some of the social
> > interaction time working on the curriculum she had supposedly already
> > mastered.
> > I wish I had asked more questions earlier about that, but I still think it
> > was a good decision.
> > Also, she has a summer birthday, so instead of being one of the youngest in
> > her grade, she is one of the oldest. That's not bad, in my thinking.
> > Just my two cents.
> > Joy Orton
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Carol Castellano, President
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
carol_castellano at verizon.net
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