This is a pretty cool place.
Outside those big windows is Lake Michigan.
MESSAGE FROM MOM: This is the part of the show where the emcee asks for volunteers to come forward and answer a question. The first brave soul goes down and she asks him "How many dolphins did you see?" Correct. Do I have any more volunteers? Second girl goes down and she asks, "Is a dolphin a fish or a mammal?" Correct. I stop paying attention at this point - boring. All of a sudden I see Sarah walking down front. "What is she doing!!!???? Get back here," I scream to myself. My palms start to sweat, my heart starts thumping. "Can you name two oceans that dolphins swim in?" What !!!! Can't this woman see? Can't she recognize a child with Down syndrome? Why is she trying to humilate my Sarah in front of 150 people? And then I hear Sarah take a deep breath and slowly say very matter of factly into the microphone, "Pacific and Atlantic." What??? How does she know that? I leap to me feet. "That a girl, Sarah." Whaaahoooo, that's my girl.
And so it goes with Sarah. After spending two full weeks in school studying oceans, a teacher could ask her that same question in a classroom setting and she would just sit there and stare back at them acting totally clueless. Put her in a real setting, where it makes a difference in her eyes, and she is right on target. I love being able to take these real world examples back to the teachers to help keep them motivated. I know it can be frustrating at times to not get immediate feedback on lessons taught, yet today was such a great example of never underestimating the potential and knowledge of a child with Down syndrome. And didn't Sarah just teach a lesson to all the folks, myself included, in that audience today. All 150 of them.
Stay tuned for our next Chicago adventure...