Texts and emails from his teacher like this - just make me cry!!
E earned a gold ticket for positive character traits! E hugged a friend and said he would share with him! E hugged his teacher!
He is having another great day. And if he finishes the day earning his goal or higher, then tomorrow during recess he has chosen to join his gen. ed. Class for outside recess. He has been working hard for this since we decided on it last Friday. I'm very proud of how he's doing, not only behaviorally, but also academically.
He is setting goals now and wants to be successful!
He desires to have friends and to BE a friend.
Way to go Elijah!!
He met his goal yesterday and gets to go to recess with General Ed!!
I'm so proud of my boy!!
I've never met a harder worker!
So, I wanted to send out a letter to our grade level parents
at the beginning of the school year,
in order to put questions at rest about Hagan.
We were denied the request,
but were told that we could put it on FB and my blog.
Soooo, since it is Dwarfism Awareness -
this is what I will do!
We are hoping that this information will put to rest
any rumors or talking behind his back,
but encourage education and discussion.
Kids are naturally curious - which is awesome,
adults, on the other hand, can be rude and insensitive!
Have I ever told y'all how much I love this kiddo!!!
and can't wait to get his little brother home too!!
I can't really go into that right now,
but if you want information on Miles' situation,
please feel free to contact me privately.
Hi Parents of Kindergarteners,
We wanted to introduce our son and ourselves to you.We are Bryan and Jodi Anderson, daddy and
momma to 9 amazing kiddos.We have 3
biological kiddos and 6 precious kiddos adopted internationally.Our son Hagan is in kindergarten this year.We are writing this to you because out of
natural curiosity, we are sure many of your children will be interested in
Hagan was born in China and has been home with us for 1 ½
years.Hagan is a crazy kiddo, loves to
laugh, play, and learn just like any other kindergartener.Though Hagan loves to do everything that
every other 6 year old likes to do, he just does things much slower.
Hagan was born with Achondroplasia Dwarfism.He is a “Little Person”.In our home we prefer the terms “little
person”, “short stature” or “dwarf” but the term “midget” or “baby” is
derogatory and unappreciated.We also use “average height” as opposed to
“normal height” for people without dwarfism.
Achondroplasia Dwarfism is one of 200 distinct types of
dwarfism, and the most common form of dwarfism.Most people with Achondroplasia Dwarfism are very healthy. Hagan’s body is very special and very
complex.In the short time he has been
home he has had numerous doctor appointments, sleep studies and surgeries and
will be having more surgeries this school year.
Hagan does not like to be picked up like a baby, does not
want to sit in someone’s lap, does not want to be carried by anyone but Mom and
Dad.He is everything every other 6 year
old boy is.
Hagan does fall often while walking.But very rarely hurts himself.He usually pops right back up.He does walk slower then others because of
his short legs and because of the medical issues that he has in his back.Hagan is so excited to begin school and can’t
wait to meet your kids and have more friends.
We wanted to write y’all this letter so that you can help
your child understand that Hagan is a normal 6 year old boy, just shorter then
most 6 year olds.We hope that this
letter will help discourage any teasing that may occur.We are looking forward to a great
kindergarten year at Minshew Elementary.If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact