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Monday Moaning

Well.  Not all of it has been moaning.

Started the day with a trip to NIDES for some tutoring – as reading progresses (quickly, but slow chronologically) Mr. D. is exploring more about sentences and structure.  Both his tutor and I have him writing a sentence a day (minimum) to keep the momentum going.

Then we thought homeschool gymnastics would be on but turns out the Monday session is full so we will need to stick to our Wednesday session; all fine except it means that every day in the week has something on and my husband definitely needs to take the car for work and, well, the cost of taxis isn’t getting cheaper!

As a result, nothing much planned for Mr. D. today; that really is always a recipe for disaster.  He went with Dad to check out a new (old, but new to us) dinner table and that was extremely exciting because he got to help load the truck, unload the truck, and talk to the previous owners, one of whom is of Chinese heritage.  Mr. D. still madly in love with everything Chinese.  Strange, hubby wanted to be a Sinologist for a while – until he realised that languages weren’t his strongest suit and that Mandarin was not one of the easier languages to learn.

Consequently, Mr. D. has not had enough movement today and is not settling down to much other than running amok.  I am hoping same hubby will fit in a hike with him but there is only 30 minutes until he picks up little sister so probably not.

We did look at our schedule for the day at NIDES (North Island Distance Education School) e-class tomorrow.  Major theme will be Electricity.  Mr. D. has been playing with snap circuits for a while but has been resistant (yes, a pun) to remembering what is happening in the circuit.  As a heads up we looked at one of the websites they will explore in the computer lab tomorrow and it turns out he knew more than he realised! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/10_11/changing_circuits_fs.shtml)  He’s still bored.  Woe.

OK – gotta go and organise washing up and dinner.


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No, not my kid.  This blog.  Th0ugh I sometimes wonder about the kids……

It has been a while – had all good intent to blog but not enough hours in the day or enough muscle strength in my back to get down the stairs (lower back injury – very boring) to my main computer.   Now that I am finally here, I have to think about what we’ve been doing.

Going back a week (maybe a little more) a saw a listing for a late-night TV show called “Cedar and Bamboo” about when the Chinese first arrived in British Columbia and how they integrated with the First Nations people that they met.  Not so surprisingly, this show was really about how the children of mixed relationships had trouble knowing which world they belonged in.  Anywho, taped it because of Mr.D.’s increasing interest in both China and First Nations.

The same night, there was an episode of “Ravens and Eagles” on CBC – Reg Davidson from Haidi Gwaii explaining how and why he became a wood sculptor and how his heritage changes his art constantly.  I knew I would be interested – part of my background being at Museum of Anthropology at UBC studying these type of issues – but I wondered about whether a 6 yr old would get into it, even a boy who loves museums and all these cultural things.

Not sure how much he took in of these programmes but he again stated his wish to be a First Nations person and we had another discussion about why that wasn’t possible.  He also wants to learn to carve cedar in First Nations style.  I spared him the conversation that asks “Which First Nation would that be – they’re not all the same, y’know” and instead, using very simple words, we discussed cultural appropriation.

Now I did not think this was a concept that he could grasp – I was just testing the waters.  Surprise.  He got it.  He doesn’t like that it limits his things he would like to do in the future but he understands about ‘stealing culture’ and why culture is important to identity and community.  Wow. 

My boy blows me away.

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So what happens when your ADHD, FASD, SPD 6 year old kid wants to learn ChineseLiveMocha because it is free.  It is actually good because it is split into groups of 40 words/phrases at a time.  Of course, it is not meant for kids Mr.D.’s age but he doesn’t not tackle it alone.

Because he has been steadfast in his love for China, particularly ancient China, we’ve borrowed some resources (he is most taken with the old-style Calligraphy set with the stick of ink and the lovely dragon puppet) and we thought we would round off yesterday by going to a local Chinese buffet.  Not particularly brilliant food but cheap and easy on and for the kids.

We had been going to a local school having a ‘fun fair’ in the early evening but the rain put us off – of course – it cleared up by the time we had decided on Chinese instead.

Big mistake.

We know, and often forget in the rush, that our kids, especially Mr.D., do better when we take five minutes to calm down before leaving and take another five minutes to discuss our expectations of them, their behaviour, and what those expectations might actually look like.

We didn’t do it last night.

I won’t go into everything that happened – makes for a fairly miserable experience – but it was less than idealistically (way less?  oh, yeah).

Today, after Mr.D. rocked and talked a lot in bed last night – always a sign of over-emotionality at some stage of the day – we’ve had an okay day.  Not perfect – there was a lot of defiance at breakfast time – but it has been better.  On top of that, our respite worker is with us all day today and they’ve camped in the backyard, packed up the tent and toys and camped next to Brooklyn Creek, and Mr.D. has gone to his Museum Science last class and potluck, whilst Emma and our carer are helping Daddy put together the last of the playground (fingers and toes crossed).  That has filled in the day nicely.

Now Mummy just has to figure out what activities, when, and how much, for the summer for both kids.  This is strategic, requires multiple calendars, and a lot of caffeine.  Wish me luck!

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