Well. Hasn’t it been a long time, eh?
We’re moving house. On Monday. Have you ever ‘transitioned‘ with a special needs child? Try not to, it is so very challenging. Moving house isn’t my favourite thing to do, even though I have incredibly itchy feet and always want to live somewhere different, but I would like to just go to bed in one house, wake up in another. If necessary, I can take a two week Pacific Island holiday in between to allow this to happen…….
Here I am posting some photographs of Mr. D.’s recent works. Not in order (order is definitely missing at present) and not in context.
A paper cylinder drawn by Mr. D. has pictures of every increasing/decreasing size (inspired in equal parts by Bugs Bunny and Vi Hart, the mathemagician); Mr. D. was giving his version of infinite series.
We also have some Lego figures: person on a couch, washer/dryer with man adding washing powder. We started these in response to Lego Quest (http://legoquestkids.blogspot.com/) a wonderful blog for homeschooling families that love Lego. We had been a part of an online Lego club but as they were nation-wide, the live classroom didn’t work well for us time-wise. Lego Quest gives you a regular “mission” to build Lego pieces and then will publish the submitted photographs. Woot! My lad loves seeing his things publicly displayed (who doesn’t, right?).
Last, and most certainly not least, are two playdough creations that now look a little worse for the travelling. We have Mr. Shark and Mr. Penguin, both seem to be in response to watching the three episodes of Great Barrier Reef by the BBC on DVD. Can’t vouch for the parentage of Mr. Shark but I do think Mr. Penguin is just a little bit Elvis, little bit Roy Orbison, no?
There you have it. So much more work has been done – reading is improving at a rapid rate – but I haven’t had a chance to get my head around it let alone photograph or chronicle it.
See you once we’ve moved!
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