Connor's class has about 6 students with varying degrees of autism, Down's Syndrome and other things that prevent these kids from doing the typical Jr. High kind of stuff. Instead, they are learning how to cook, go shopping, count money & do more craft type things.
They made all the ornaments, and helped make the dog & cat toys (they couldn't figure out how to braid, but they ripped the fabric and held on while an adult braided for them).
I asked Connor to smile here -- silly boy. He really enjoyed sewing, his teacher said. It was all straight lines, but still - sewing is a good skill!
Any time there was a sale, Connor was to take the money, and count back the change to the customer. He didn't need a lot of help, really. It would have been easier for him if it had been written down or using a calculator - visual stuff is always better for him. But still, he figured the change for a purchase of $8 paid with a $20 was $12.00 :) Good stuff!
That's his teacher in the bottom photo. There was a booth with german sugar-roasted hazelnuts, so we shared those - yummy! Like the Christkindl Markt in Germany!