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Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 1:28am
lilpig99's picture
Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

Very recently, my DD in Kindergarten had been showing some frustration about not being able to have some of the same things that the other kids were having. I explained to the teacher my DD is starting to notice that she is 'missing out' on things, not participating in the same way that the other kids are. I always told myself when this happened, I would start being more assertive in swaying the teacher to use non food items for crafts, games, teaching tools, etc. So anyhow, I explained to her what DD was feeling like, and that if the entire class could use non food items for activities, then my DD would not feel as if she is missing out or 'different' than the other kids. Her response to me was a very short ' I will cancel all food related activities the rest of the year.' So even if she was bothered by the hassle of changing all the lesson plans or whatever, she actually did it, whether or not she agreed or thought it silly. I see it as a 'big win' for me. I know she didn't [i]have[/i] to do this. Now, I am not saying you should fabricate a story about your sons feelings, but I do think it's worth it to mention how much 'easier' it would be to avoid food related items-- not having risky situations arise, not having to constantly communicate about foods, etc. And as an added benefit, your son would then completely feel like part of the group. Just a thought. You never know what you can get out of a teacher until you ask!

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 2:57am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

I don't have any suggestions different from the above posters, but wanted to say:
100 food items handled by kindergarteners? Yuck! What a huge waste of food. I hate when teachers have kids all bring 100 itmes of anything to "share".Most of it goes in the trash later that day/week. The wastefulness is shameful.

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 5:34am
luvmyboys's picture
Joined: 05/25/2006 - 09:00

The ideas are great everyone. Thanks. I am thinking about suggesting 'o' cereal for 100 piece necklaces as an alternative...that sounds fun, safe and they would be working on fine motor skills and it could still be eaten later!
Perpetually Perplexed...not angry in the least. DS is very good about being 'different' most times and understands the rules. And if it was ds#2, my also allergic 4 year old, I would be less concerned. He would announce to everyone why he was doing something different, smile through it all and be fine. Think he was special even.
DS#1 would *probably* not express concern about having his own bag either. But what is he supposed to do while everyone else is 'sharing'? My main concern with this is actually that he has Aspergers and they are supposed to be working on encouraging him to interact with his peers(which he tends not to do). Then they set up an activity based on interacting with one'ss peers and have to tell him he's not allowed to interact? Kind of sends a mixed message to the poor child.


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