Time for school!

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A COM­PI­LA­TION OF STU­DENT VOICE, GLEN­WOOD DAY SCHOOL

I ar­rive at school each day and wait for staff to greet me on the bus. My friends come from all over Hamil­ton. Ev­ery­one is friendly and says “good morn­ing” to me as I make my way to my locker and class.

When I get to class, I check my vis­ual sched­ule to see what I am do­ing each day. Some stu­dents have a sched­ule that they touch be­cause they have dif­fi­culty see­ing the pic­tures. We have pretty busy days, but it is a lot of fun. I get right to work. I want to get my work done so I can choose a free choice ac­tiv­ity. Some days I like to do art, music or fun ac­tiv­i­ties on my iPad dur­ing this time. The teach­ers know the ac­tiv­i­ties I like and they help me learn.

We have an awe­some playground at school. My favourite ac­tiv­ity is play­ing on the swings and the cre­ative playground. Some of my friends run around the playground while oth­ers move around in their wheelchairs. Our playground is de­signed so that we can all have fun and be safe. I also like to visit my class­mates and adult friends.

Af­ter re­cess, my class goes to the Glen­wood Apart­ment where I learn how to do lots of fun things. To­gether we make de­li­cious treats. I have learned how to vac­uum, make a bed, sort laun­dry and care for plants.

When I go back to class, we of­ten do music, in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and games on the Smart Board. Af­ter lunch, it is time for gym. I like to play games like bowl­ing or base­ball with my friends. Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties may look a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, but they can be played by all my friends.

I al­ways look for­ward to our weekly spe­cial events. Some of my favourite events have been Paint-to-Music, Space Fest and the day we made our own mini putt. Other days we have had spe­cial guests like Jenny the Li­brar­ian, stu­dents from McMaster and even Sharon and Bram, who came to sing for us last year! Oh, and I can’t for­get Jesse. He is a beau­ti­ful Lab from Ther­apy Tails. He is my buddy!

Some­times we go to the li­brary to lis­ten to sto­ries or to the Dis­cov­ery Room to ex­plore sen­sory ac­tiv­i­ties. My favourite place is the Snoeze­len Room. It is a spe­cial place to re­lax and rest.

At the end of the day we pack up, say good­bye to my friends and get on the bus to go home. My bus driver is al­ways happy to see me and likes to chat with those who meet me at the end of the ride.

I look for­ward to an­other busy day learn­ing new skills, see­ing my friends and hav­ing fun at Glen­wood Spe­cial Day School.

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