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Your child should be in charge of the method of talking about adoption in the preschool classroom

Adoption Goes to Preschool

Adoption Goes to Preschool

Sometimes, a behind-the-scenes talk with the teacher better serves your child than a class presentation.

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An adopted child considers his family tree

A Forest of Family Trees

Inclusive assignments help your grade-schooler, as well as her classmates, learn about their lives and the world around them.

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A young adopted child whose mother worries about adoption bias

“Should I Tell Her Teacher?”

I haven't decided not to tell my daughter's preschool that she was adopted, but, so far, I haven't told.

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A child presenting one of her adoption-related school assignments

Share Your Story: Tricky School Assignments

We asked our Reader Panel: Have your school-age children been assigned any projects that were difficult for adoptees (timelines, genetics, etc.)? How did you handle the situation?

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Children eager to discuss adoption in the classroom

Adoption in the Classroom

When helping your child get ready for school, what should you be aware of? Adoption experts and fellow adoptive parents offer their input.

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A young child making the transition from home to school for the first time

Big-Kid School

If your child is off to preschool or kindergarten for the first time, you can ease her entry to the wider world outside your home.

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A child getting off a school bus, prepared to discuss race in the classroom

“My Most Pressing Back-to-School Task”

After bringing up race and adoption with my children's teachers at the start of each academic year, I always feel worried and hyper-vigilant. But, invariably, they get it.

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Mother and son teaching "Adoption 101"

“Adoption 101 in Room 26″

When presenting adoption to 10-year-olds, the teacher's cooperation and your child's involvement are key.

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Two children before their mother's adoption presentation

“Just Like Mrs. Bear”

With the right props and preparation, my adoption presentation to my son's first-grade class went wonderfully. He was proud to be a part of it, and I was proud of him.

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Tips for discussing adoption in the classroom.

Talking About Adoption in the Classroom

Some parents choose to talk to their child’s teacher about adoption. Others believe it’s a private matter. Here’s how your fellow readers weigh in.

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