The other day one of my kindergarten friends had a birthday. Every time someone in the inclusion kindergarten room has a birthday the classroom teacher has her kids make a book for the Birthday Star. Each child makes a page that says "_______ is my friend because…" The students draw a picture as the teachers go around and write each child's thoughts about their friend.
A lot of them end up reflecting typical kindergarten friendships–we play together, we sit at the same table, we have the same lunch box. For this friend in particular, I wasn't sure what to expect because, as can sometimes happen in an inclusion setting, this child tends to work alone during the day.
She has a different routine and classroom expectations. These types of adaptations make us adults worry that we aren't creating a good community for her. We worry that in-class isolation isn't appropriate and that it creates a wedge between the students in general education and special education.