Sarah: I have a 1st grade student eligible for special education services under OHI. The student has global delays and right side impairment due to CP. The student is just beginning to hold and control a writing utensil, identifying the letters in his/her name, count 1-10, sing the ABC’s. The student is learning how to interact with peers, follow school/classroom routines, use correct book handling skills and toilet more independently.
In my building is a PreK program. The teacher has been a wonderful resource for me regarding curriculum and ideas appropriate to my student’s abilities and present levels. The teacher has generously invited my student to participate in parts of the PreK schedule….for example the singing time (alphabet, counting songs, nursery rhymes) and/or learning centers. The suggestion being 2-3 times/week for perhaps 20 mins/time.
I believe this to be a wonderful opportunity for my student to interact and engage with other children in the same content material she is working on, and additionally practice interactive play at the learning centers. This is not something she can receive in her 1st grade classroom as the content material is beyond her present abilities (reading, writing stories, adding/subtracting). She receives early literacy and numeracy learning in a special education environment.
If parents and the IEP team all agree that participating in specific activities in the PreK classroom would be beneficial to this student, is there any reason we cannot proceed?