We’re a couple months into the school year. We’re finding our new normal, our new daily routine. School, homework time, dinner time, free play time, practice piano, and bedtime. Wash, rinse, repeat. It’s taken a bit of time to adjust, but so far it is going OK. A couple good things:
1. We are getting less reports from schools (for both boys, particularly with N), so that is good thing. And most recently, N is no longer trying to destroy the classroom every afternoon (a whole other story in itself). =)
2. N suddenly is starting to nod correctly and appropriately.
3. N’s use of pronouns are finally straightened out.
4. Also, a month ago, I took N to the dentist and he rated it a 4/5! I’m not sure what happened, but it was apparent that I was more nervous about it than he was. Maybe me being nazi about his tooth-brushing and daily flossing helped desensitize him a bit. His hygienist is a rock star; she counts in French and knows exactly what peaks N’s interest and distract him. In fact, he said he LIKES going to the dentist, it’s “fun”! I’m sure it also helps that he gets a billion prizes at the front desk afterwards. Haircuts are still really scary for him, but he plows through them like a big brave boy. I’m sure if I give him a haircut as often as I brush his teeth, the haircut experience would be similar to the dentist, but oh well. At least it’s all headed in a positive direction overall.
5. N’s school offers a lot of sports clubs and special interest clubs and even music lessons. Many of these things happen after school, and as his school day is already quite long, I declined (although I would love for him to do a sport to help with gross motor, but that’s something for later, should the right opportunity arise). Except for the piano lessons, which he can take during a recess. I figured it might help with his fine motor skills and he would like the theory part because a lot of it is math related. Turns out, it is a hit. Initially, practicing took a bit of creative enticing, but we keep it very short and simple and fun. And just last night, I found him working on “a project”. It took me a moment to realize what he was doing. He wrote a song!!
The song is called “Three Six Nine” and it is written in 4/4 time. The lyrics are the words at the top, and the numbers above the notes are the beats/counts, I think. And the numbers below the notes are the finger positions (based on his thumb on middle C, just like in his Bastien book). He even put in bar lines between the measures, and a double bar line at the end. (P.S. Sorry about the big black bar above, he wrote his full name mega big on the paper, lol.)