With the schedule (ha) in place for this year, Thursday can drag. Nothing “planned” until late afternoon, when Mr. D. goes to Ninja class. Yes, Ninja. Martial arts (Ninjitsu) crossed with lots of acrobatics and gymnastics. Small classes so far – which suits us even if it doesn’t help the family teaching the classes – and lots and lots of energy required. Marvellous stuff. Mr. D. loves it, too, which helps.
Today that changed. Thanks to another wonderful homeschooling Mother in the Comox Valley, a newish shop in Courtenay is holding beading classes for home schooled kids; such was the demand, there are now four different groups going. Class will only be once per month but that is just fine. It is cheap. They make something. They make something pretty (Mr. D. likes his pretty). The shop is called “Shipwrecked” and there is a pretty strong pirate/skull theme happening inside. Woot! Mr. D. was right at home. Made a beautiful string of beads today, with charms, on brass wire and with brass clasps. Teacher explained about brass and its connection to sailing vessels and this made our lad super-happy. Mr. D. has always had outstanding fine motor coordination (even when he struggles with writing) and he loves the fiddliness of projects like this. At the end of class, Mr. D. of course wanted to buy everything in the shop; he is our proto-consumerist (where did we go wrong?). He ‘made do’ with a new winter hat – made in Nepal and in Nepalese style but with a skull pattern on the front!
This morning was different, too. Hubby took some time out from work and he and Mr. D. sat together at the dining table to take apart my old computer tower. They only got so far today – no small components undone as yet – but it was a good start. Our natural born tinkerer was in heaven.
To fill in a small amount of time, we turned to a book provided by NIDES called Cornerstone. We read a poem, and a story, then Mr. D. had to crack a code to read a letter. I got him to crack the code, transcribe the words, then read. He loved it – codes and our boy go together like peaches and cream.
Just to make our day complete, we found that the photography competition has had its deadline extended; this means that Mummy won’t have to stay up late tonight uploading and selecting photographs, when I would rather have Mr. D. handle the technicalities and make the decisions. Yay!
Tomorrow holds Museum Science and then tutoring at NIDES, which coincides with Literacy Day. NIDES will have guest speakers talking about careers in literacy, such as songwriting and storytelling. Mr. D. will enjoy that sooooooo much and is really excited to be going. That should be a good start to our weekend.
Before Christmas, Mr. D. attended a free Ninja class to see if he would be interested. Take a guess? Yup – loved it. Combination of martial arts lite and gymnastics – absolutely non-stop action. Wonderful for my ADHD boy! This afternoon is his first formal lesson – follows the same format so it won’t be shockingly different. To say he is excited is somewhat of an understatement.
Today so far we have tackled some more Life of Fred “Apples” mathematics – Mr. D. is still loving this and I appreciate the bits and bobs of information he is learning along the way that have (apparently) nothing to do with math. Yesterday it was a toss-up but I think Life of Fred lost out once Mr. D. discovered the wonderful YouTube videos of Vi Hart, the mathemagician/mathemusician. He loves her (seriously crushing) and loves that she is as whacky as him. He is also really happy to see that adults can do more than one thing and be good at them all and turn them into a living. Yay!
This morning has had a lot of heavy muscle work first thing; one of the best things to do for kids with FASD, the heavy muscle work early allows their minds and bodies to still enough to learn after. He has carried planks, moved tree branches, toted recycling, swept floors – hard work but with very little complaint. I think he was proud I thought him old enough to carry out these tasks with no (apparent) supervision. No bubble wrapping our kids.
As Mr. D. is still a beginner reader and not very confident with his writing – even though it has improved tremendously – we are using a “Grand Slam” book, which asks a question each double page. We are doing one per day with Mr. D. making his own answer (with his own idiosyncratic spelling where vowels don’t exist for the most part) and then doing a drawing or art piece on the facing page as illustration to his answer. Today he answered “what animal would you morph into” with …… no surprises …. A PENGUIN! The penguin love continues. Did a really neat drawing, too. His illustrations are improving quite dramatically and he seems to enjoy this side of art as long as there are few restrictions placed on how he wants his art to look. Reasonable, really.
Whilst I was doing whatever I was doing (I seriously don’t remember), Mr. D. amused himself by setting up the dinosaurs in his Christmas dinosaur book and creating a new diorama. There are some photos below, complete with caveat from Mr. D. that I had to show both sides of the dinosaurs so you could see that one side is skin/hide and the other is a skeletal view. Hard being a mother to such a tough task master!
Okay – after all that – it is time for lunch! Have to call him in from the yard – he is enjoying our first sunshine in what feels like months even though the yard is a bog and the mud is still squelchy. I think he is still busy being Merlin!
On the prowl
The right side of the diorama