The student government at my college brought in this mega-inflatable slide. I was raising my eyebrows (ah, so many other ways to spend those funds...) until, walking to my car to Charlie's IEP meeting after teaching my Friday classes, I ran into a student. He was looking at the giant slide (complete with plastic pine trees) and I don't think I'd ever seen him look so happy. I couldn't help but to admire the slide with him. There was to be an ice-skating rink, too -- it hadn't yet been brought into my college's small central square -- my student was on the lookout for it and said, 'it's going to be awesome.' He asked if I were going to stay around to skate and I said I had to go to a meeting for Charlie and to be sure to take photos of the rink for me.
'Ice skating! I'm doing it!' said my student before heading into a classroom building.
He's just 4, maybe 5 years older than Charlie. Just having fun should always be part of the curriculum, don't you think?