Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The five year old kissed my cheek, then asked me if he got his "kissing germ" on me. He's been learning all about germs at preschool. I guess he figured there was just one for kissing.
Today the five year old's preschool was taking the kids on a trial run on their bus. They have a field trip Wednesday to a pizza place, where the kids will all get to make their own pizzas. He's very excited. We've heard nothing else. So he got up this morning and was asking if was going to ride on the bus today. I said yes. Well, he's been in a very set routine with his meals, which is very typical for kids with autism. Breakfast is always toast and bananas, lunch is always grilled cheese and some other fruit and veggies, and we go to preschool right after lunch. This morning he asked for grilled cheese for breakfast (I said no). I soon figured out that he thought that if he ate the grilled cheese, it would be time to leave for preschool. :)
The two year old cracks me up when he prays. I know. I'm not supposed to laugh at those times. But still... Lately something like this: "Dear God, please help me stay in bed. Help me not to cry." Then I'll prompt him with "Help me to be good" and he'll say, "Help me stay warm." or "Help me get gatorade." Last night I prompted about a dozen times and every time he refused to pray that he would be good. HA. At least he's honest in his praying. The one that takes the cake though was a month or so back when his brother was having a hard time going to sleep without a fit. Then, the two year old prayed, "Dear God, Please help T--- to be quiet. Amen."
Monday, February 24, 2014
After burning 45 minutes at the library this afternoon, we were back for more. The two little ones and I went back for another hour this evening to wait for the nine year old who was at a 4H meeting. It's kindof bad when you walk in and the first thing the librarian says is, "I thought you were here already today." She was just giving me a hard time though. The librarians are all so nice. I love visiting with them. Someday I may join their ranks ... after the boys are grown.
My philosophy on extracurricular activities has changed over the years. I used to think more time at home was better. I don't necessarily think more running around is better, but I do think it is good to allow the kids to explore the things they are passionate about. I've been doing a lot of meditating lately on the idea of pursuing passions. So much of what I've read or heard about to help our five year old with autism, as well as learning from homeschoolers who have had amazing levels of success centers around pursuing wholeheartedly and in great depth the things the child is passionate about. Like I said, I've been meditating on that lately. Stewing, really. Like a simmering crock pot. I haven't come to the end of that yet, so it's hard to put it into words, but there you have it. That's what's been on my mind lately. We'll see where it takes us.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
We had a busy homeschool day. We didn't get much done at home, but this afternoon we had a group class on skulls.
Shifting gears now...