Some highlights of this year:
1. Movies on the big screen: The Martian and MacGillivray Freeman's Humpback Whales.
2. Live professional sporting events: The Washington (PA) Wild Things and the Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Playing on a sports team: Eagles Soccer
4. Taekwondo rank. Purple belt (ATA taekwondo)
5. Starting first grade
|Demonstrating a fruit piano|
1. Social - Teachers report that he is apparently everyone's best friend. However, he is still a relatively controlled one in the class. They report that he regards the overall silliness and chaos of first grade but does not actually take part.
2. Making - We have been trying to get him to regard activities as one where he is a consumer to one where he is an active part in its creation. So it means showing people how things work and being part of the entertainment (i.e. playing piano in public) His old habit of freezing in public performance seems to be overcome, with a few public performances without a hitch. He is freer about talking to strangers, but not on command (i.e. we would like him to be able to demonstrate things he knows, not talk to random strangers without cause). One thing is that he is better about asking questions and requesting opportunities, which got him some nice experiences at times.
3. Soccer is over. While a good experience, we're pretty sure he does not have any desire to do this again. Nothing against soccer, but he realizes that he sacrificed taekwondo for it, and he also notices that a lot of things he used to do on Saturdays got pushed out because soccer takes out the flexibility of his weekends.
4. Sense of urgency/speed. His teachers observed that he knows how to do anything asked of him, but he does it slowly. A big reason is that we did not drill him in anything over the summer, which is how you develop speed, especially in arithmetic. So we started him on the online math program his school uses (some of the activities are timed, the first times he did them he timed out, he has gotten much better) and mommy school has started to include drilling.
|Learning to program a LEGO robot|
|Taking part in maintenance of a battle bot|
A (2 1/2 years) has become more comfortable with day care. Now she waves goodbye at dropoff without a glance back. Teachers report that she sings alot. What we notice is that she is much more talkative. Her extended babbling at 18 months have converted to non-stop talking and singing. We just took a 2 hour road trip where she was singing and telling stories to herself for the entire trip.