I purchased 'Ashley Wins the First Day of School' and donated it to my daughter's first grade class after my daughter told me that they had Kirsten Passmore, Little Miss Wheelchair of Texas 2013, visit to discuss her life with Cerebral Palsy.
'Ashley Wins the First Day of School' is about a little girl that starts school and is nervous because she has a disability. She is worried about what her classmates will think of her, but after playing a game she realizes that her classmates have quickly accepted her.
Here is a picture of my daughter's first grade class listening to their teacher read 'Ashley Wins the First Day of School'. (Look how attentive they are!)
Since I attended school, times have changed for the better. When I went to school, kids seemed to have been separated from one another; 'normal' kids in one class and 'disabled' kids in another class. It seems as if our paths never crossed, therefore not giving the 'normal' kids an understanding of how normal the 'disabled' kids were and how much we all had in common. When my older kids attended elementary school years ago I was so impressed with how EVERY student was placed together and that certain kids were chosen and paired up with a buddy (aka helper, friend). It is the same with my youngest girls now. Schools include all the kids in one class, granted those kids that need extra help are moved around to certain classes but they all know each other, play with each other and communicate with each other.
'Ashley Wins the First Day of School' is a book that belongs in every school, every classroom, every daycare, hospital/ doctor waiting rooms and even in every child's home. This book shows kids and grown ups that just because someone is different in your eyes, you should not be scared to approach them because you will find out that they are just like you.
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