Saturday, September 27, 2014

Factophile


Today, for fun, M listed the ninja turtles and specified their weapon, mask color, and attitude (and searched online to find the parts he didn't know).  He also went on to name their collective enemies, master, favorite food, catchphrase, and place of residence.

Next was the Avengers (weapon, suit color, nemesis, and logo of each).

The final list of the day was the Ninjago characters (complete with color, weapon, and element.)

I love it! He's writing, "researching", and interested in cataloging information, all independently, all out of his own curiosity.  

Part of me wants to nudge it in a slightly more useful direction, though.  He might enjoy animal classifications, or national capitals just as much.  And if he's going to go out of his way to memorize things, why not choose something educational?

But maybe I should just leave him alone and let him be five?  Maybe the experience itself is more important than the actual information gathered and I shouldn't interfere?  My own parents were hands-off in the best ways, letting us read what we wanted, teaching us about what we were curious about, but never forcing anything down our throats.

But, then again, he might not always have the same propensity for memorization, or the perspective that charts are interesting and information is ripe for the harvest.  It seems a waste not to capitalize on the current interest and file away some useful information for later life.

He did just start reading Percy Jackson- mythical gods and their respective domains?  Hmm...Now I just have to make him think it's his own idea...

Another one

L had a terrible seizure last night.  Or maybe it was normal and just felt awful because I hadn't seen one in a while.

He lost consciousness in the shower and hit his head on the wall and again on the floor as he fell.  I was right there, urging him to lay down before it started, because I could see him getting close.  Of course, now I wish I had just guided him down by hand, but he is school aged, and I just can't keep helping him into recovery position every time.  He has to stop resisting it and lay himself down.  So I waited, and coached him, and then it was too late.  

It's been seven weeks of school and he hasn't had any seizures there yet.  That's good, of course, except for feeling like we're waiting for the other foot to fall.  [To be fair, even after he had one, I'd probably still feel that way, so I should just enjoy this time.]

As always, I'm considering contributing factors.  Yesterday was a very full day.  He could have been a little dehydrated from all the sun and playing and climbing and bouncing.  He missed his nap, but he's four and that happens pretty often on weekends.  Dinner was supposedly safe, but we haven't checked about that brand of pizza in over a year.  Things could have changed.  He also had coconut ice cream after lunch.

I can get to the point, after a long calm spell, where I'm not thinking much about seizures.  I let L climb that bouncy rock climbing wall yesterday with barely a second thought and left him in the bouncy castle to play for ages while I sat and chatted with mom friends in another room.  I haven't peeked in his classroom window to check on his pants in weeks.  And then it happens and it's right back to the front of my mind.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Tricks


Every year our school hosts either a weekend retreat or a "Family Fun Day" for the teachers, staff, and our families.  

This year was Family Fun day and the boys have been looking forward to it for weeks, particularly the bouncy castle and the talent show. 

On the way, L could barely contain his excitement.  "I can't believe I'm finally going to see a real dungeon!," he squealed.  I'm not sure what he thought a bouncy castle was, but luckily the real thing didn't disappoint. They both bounced for hours.

We totally dropped the ball and forgot swimsuits, so we had to skip the giant pool hamster ball, but luckily they also had bouncy rock-climbing, so the sting was softened quite a bit.


They were so brave.  It was high!  Look at L way up there!


The talent show, though, may have been my favorite. There were all kinds of funny and entertaining acts.

Both boys entered and made me so proud.  M played the piano and sang along with such confidence.  He was completely at ease, it's like he had never heard of the word stagefright.

And L.  He signed up to do "tricks" and stuck to his guns no matter what anyone said to try to encourage him to consider a more traditional talent.  His "tricks" were authentic and sweet and so very him.  He showed a few cartwheels, handstands, "ninja moves" and then topped it off with his latest trick of all: the elusive snap. I'm so glad he didn't listen to my advice and do anything else.  He trusted himself and his own sense of what is cool.  I could learn a lot from this kid.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Little Chef day for M


Today was M's Little Chef day.  Thanks to his teacher, with a little bit of planning, he was able to cook (and eat!) everything the other children did.  What a wonderful day.

The menu was DIY pizzas, salads, and ice cream sundaes.  

His teacher and I decided to make the pizza dough from scratch instead of using pre-made dough like in years past, and bake them ahead of time.  It was a little more work, but it was something all the children enjoyed, and I would definitely do it again.

I sent in a little container of tomato sauce for him, and he was able to choose from a few of the available toppings. The cheese was standard dye-free mozzarella, so that was no problem.  He had to pass on the pepperoni, but the anchovies were fine!


The salad was easy, he just avoided the dressing.  And as for the ice cream sundae, I sent in a single-serving container of additive-free ice cream along with mini chocolate chips and crushed freeze-dried strawberries for toppings.  If he minded having the same things as he had for Christmas cookie decorating last year in K4, he didn't mention it.


All his alternative ingredients were labelled and set up with the rest of them, so he could rotate through the stations just like everyone else, without a hitch.  


One of the highlights of the day was that Whim volunteered, too, and got to spend the morning with us. We're inspired to have pizza night sometime soon!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chef hat

Little Chef day is coming up in Kindergarten.

Would you believe that M was not impressed with my homemade, genius,straight-from-my-brain, not even Pinterest-inspired plastic grocery bag/construction paper chef's hat?  

Whatever.  I am clearly unappreciated in my own time.  But no matter, because I made this instead!


Bam!

Realistically, he probably won't be able to try any of the things they'll be cooking, but at least he'll look adorable.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A change

Heads up:  The boys will be M and L on the blog from this point forward.

I have been going over old posts and editing out their names over the past week or so. I don't think there is anything that can be done about the existing comments, but I'll do the best I can to keep to their initials from now on and would appreciate if commenters would do the same.

Thank you!