teacher’s note…

Thought I would share the note for Izzy’s first week of school from her teacher.

August 13th, first day of school.

This week Izzy went to Mrs. Grissom’s classroom and visited friends Aden, Anna, and Emily. Izzy knew these three because they were in her class last year. They were happy to see her. Mrs. Grissom read a story and talked about the days of the week. By Thursday Izzy’s friends were beginning to ask a lot of questions about Izzy and her chair. I told them there were some very important things that Izzy and her mom would like for them to know. We talked about accidents and what that word means. That it is no ones fault, etc. Then I told them she had an accident in the water and that accident left her body not working in the same way theirs does. We discussed the importance of always staying away from water unless they are with their parents. We talked about what it means to be safe around water.

Next I explained all the ways Izzy is just like they are. I talked about how smart she is, how she likes hugs, toys, laughing, eating, friends, animals, going swimming, taking trips… we talked about how her heart is just like theirs and how she loves her family and friends. I explained that just because part of her body works differently than theirs that her eyes and ears are just fine and she can hear the kind of things they say and can see the things they want to show her. It went very well.

The first week of school we learned about the letter L. Last week we learned about the letter O and this week we are learning letter G. Next week it will be letter H. We talk about the letter, practice making it hand over hand. Listen to the sound it makes and try to make that sound and talk about upper case and lower case letters.

She seems to be more comfortable in her pink chair but we are using her purple chair for our academics when in our little room. It fits under the table we have for her and gives her great positioning to see what we are doing.

Izzy is doing her vision therapy with me and really seems to like looking at objects on the light box. We practiced counting, singing the alphabet and talk about the calendar. My goal is for Izzy to make choices in order to communicate her preferences for answers. Izzy shows me daily that she is paying attention and understands what I am asking her. She tries to look at what I request and will attempt to reach for what I present.

Wednesday is media day. We will be checking out books for her to bring home.

This week I will be introducing Izzy to our new talking Dora crayons! It should make art time fun!

Izzy is a sweet girl and I am very excited to have the opportunity to spend more time with her working and playing!

Melanie C…. 8/25/08

Izzy’s teacher Melanie, her para Michelle, her therapists Camilla and Margaret… they are all priceless…

8 Responses to “teacher’s note…”

  1. Loving Annie says:

    What a wonderful, thoughtful, kind, intelligent woman Izzy has for a teacher ! That note – and how she is obviously interacting with and understanding Izzy, and how to speak to the other children (explaining how accidents can happen in the water), and elaborating on what the kids have in common so they appreciate that Izzy is just like they are, is just excellent.

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  2. yvonne says:

    I’m so glad that she has such wonderful help. It is so important. I love how she explained to the other children about Izzy. What a wonderful letter.

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  3. Susan says:

    How wonderfully blessed Lizzy and you are to have this wonderful, caring teacher. Sounds like it is going to be a fun, exciting year.

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  4. Jessica says:

    WOW that is such a beautiful an thoughtful letter. I would feel very blessed to have a teacher like that for my child. That is just great.

  5. Joyful Days says:

    Oh, Annie! What a wonderful lady she sounds like. I pray Izzy’s year is just filled with the caring that is evident in this letter. What angels are surrounding her.

    (()) to you and Izzy,


  6. nancy face says:

    It made me feel so happy to read that letter. The time her wonderful teacher took to share that with you says so much about how she really cares! Izzy should have such a marvelous school year! 🙂

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  7. Michelle says:

    what a wonderful letter to send home! I wish Kayla’s team would do stuff like that! it sounds like they are really tuned in to Izzy and the talk to the class sounds like it went over very well too. I hope she has a great year!

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  8. KIm says:

    What a sweet letter about a sweetie girl! It sounds like Izzy has a wonderful school situation–which I am sure is a comfort to you as you sent her off each day. It sure sounds like her teacher adores her!

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