I am so excited to be writing this post today and sharing this wonderful and creative idea from my clever friend, Chris Levy. Chris and her partner, Joy, are always looking for neat ways to help their son, Josh, connect with classmates in the beginning of the school year.
They have tried many different things but this year, Chris created these wonderful Shutterfly greeting cards and is sending one home with every child in his inclusive classroom! I am calling it a “call me” card because it encourages students to pick up the phone and make a connection. The front of the card is a handsome shot of Josh and the inside is a message crafted by Chris and Josh.
Here is the text:
My name is Josh. I have cerebral palsy which makes it hard for me to move my muscles including to talk. So, instead of words, I typically use my voice, my hand, my communication device or my PODD book to communicate. I use “switches” to make things work.
I really enjoy making friends and having play dates. When I have friends come over, they like to see all of my equipment and my pets. Some of my favorite things to do with friends are science projects, making things such as robots, putting dinosaurs together, and building things. I like playing computer games too and have ones my friends can use a switch to operate just like I do. I also have different switch-operated games to play or we can just hang out together and have a snack. We can choose from a lot of stuff to do.
If you ever want to have a play date with me, the best way to arrange one is to get in touch with my mom Chris at XXXX. You can also send a note home with me.
Josh (name stamp)
Thank you to Chris, Joy and Josh for sharing this neat idea.
It got me thinking about a neat idea that teachers could implement. What about having all learners in your classroom make “call me” cards? Each student could write a few paragraphs about what they enjoy doing with their free time. They could also add in some lines about “needs” they have, “I am always looking for other people who like watching monster movies as much as I do” or “I would love to hang out with other people who want to learn sign language.” The cards could be collected and made into a classroom directory.
Do you have other ideas for getting kids connected in these first few weeks of school?