Last year was Kailey's first year of dance and she really loved it. With Chris' work schedule the way it was last year, I hardly had to bring Colin or Cody with me or Chris would just take her. When asked, she wanted to do it again this year so I signed her up. However, the schedule for the class had changed to an earlier time so I rarely had help on dance days and had to bring everyone to class each week.
Colin was so interested to watch class and it was really hard keeping him out of the room because he wanted to participate as well. After about 2 months of this, one day Kailey's teacher Mr. Richard (one of the owners of the business that he's had for many years) asked Colin if he wanted to join the class for the day. I was a little hesitant at first, but he loved it and Mr. Richard and his wife Denise told me afterwards how well he did. He asked and invited him to join the next week and after another great class we decided to sign him up as well. It took me some time to let go of the guilty feeling for taking away something that was just Kailey's but we did take some time to ask her and she didn't seem to think anything of it.
Dancing and singing has always been something that both kids have really enjoyed, so it has only seemed natural to have them in dance class together. This has been another great example of inclusion in our community as Mr. Richard and Miss Denise have welcomed Colin into their class with open arms and have treated him just like they treat all of the other kids in the class. We are so thankful that Colin was given this opportunity to participate in an activity he really likes and even more thankful for his classmates, sister and teachers who treat him no differently than other student in class.
I am so proud of both Colin and Kailey for working hard and for putting on a great show!