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Written for Education of the Exceptional Child, Lesson 9: The Gifted
SCHOOL: Avon Community Preschool DATE: May 15, 1988
PUPIL: Jared V. B. PARENTS: John and Mary V.B.
GENERAL EVALUATION: At 5 yrs, 6 mo., Jared is a sturdy child with no
apparent physical problems. His coordination is slightly above average.
Although he tends to be quiet, his social skills are adequate. He learns
well and quickly, but is usually the last to finish his work. Kdg.
screening reveals no anticipated problems.
SPECIAL CONCERNS: Although Jared concentrates well, he is easily distracted
from the purpose of the lesson and frequently fails to complete it in the
For Jared, May, 1988
I love your solemn brown eyes
belied by impish freckles.
I admire your gentleness,
your quiet competence,
your ability to see the funny side of everything.
You have made preschool
a marvelous adventure--
So much to do, to discover, to explore
in finding the confidence to be yourself.
I hope your teachers are ready for you.
I hope they will have the patience
to appreciate your meticulousness;
that they will understand that
a cow must have a tail as well as a nose.
I hope they will be delighted
when "draw a house" becomes
a space ship or a subway
or a robin's nest;
When "describe a dinosaur" gets lost in
"how things might have been".
I hope they understand that
image and metaphor are at least as important
as period and comma,
And that "logic" and "not-logic"
simply operate by different rules.
When the way schools do things
gets difficult for you, Jared
and I fear it will,
I hope you can somehow remember
just how much you have warmed
this preschool teacher's heart.
TEACHER: LMK copyright, 1988, Lily M. Kerns