floating around my head, so little time to write them. [And to prove that point, this post was started on Feb 9th. I'm finishing it on the 18th!]
On Thursday last week we went to the library, and Small rifled his way through the non fiction shelves looking for “educational books” – his words. He brought home an eclectic pile, which I will attempt to list at some other point, as if I do it now, I’ll never get this post finished.
Once he had them at home, he dipped in and out of them, for varying lengths of time and even took some of them out places with him – music for example. He is the poster child for autonomy – he never stops learning, frequently popping out of bed long after bedtime to ask a question about something that has just occurred to him.
Just now he’s sitting next to me playing DS games. You’d think that would mean he’d be off in some vegetative state, but in the last 20 minutes we’ve discussed what a ridge is (prompted by something in the game) and “satisfaction” prompted by the Rolling Stones “can’t get no satisfaction” just played by the random playlist on the media centre.
He’s plodding his way through 2A in Singapore maths – he doesn’t particularly like the methods they use, so today instead of working in the book, he wrote out some sums on blank paper and worked his way through them. We were going to do the same with some sums created by using the 10 sided die -
[What's skidding? - what's the context? You can skid when you are going round the corners (Mario Cart). Skidding is like slipping, but something stays still, so your wheels are still when you are skidding.]
Sorry, that was an example conversation. Thought I’d just drop it in to prove my point.
Where was I? 10 sided die. Yes, we were going to make some sums, but Big dragged him off to play. Then she went out with Tim to Aldi to buy yarn, and rather than coming back to the sums, she gave him her DS for the duration.
He’s ordered his own game today as well. Looking forward to that arriving, as it will even up the power balance between them hopefully.
Let’s see, what else? Yesterday he made a friend at our new HE group. So pleased. They really hit it off as they are both big superhero fans. We even arranged a playdate for him to go to new friend’s house, but I’m going to have to rearrange as I forgot about baby massage and double booked myself HE group was about Chinese new year, so Small spent this morning trying to learn chinese from the computer. Shame we sold that Muzzy! Not really though, as he’d have never shown the interest if we actually had a resource for it
I honestly don’t ever know what is going on in his head. A lot of the time he refuses to leave the house, which makes life over complicated, although we are gradually coming to some kind of compromise on that. He explained that it is partly that he doesn’t have control on when to come back – so he’s happy going out into the garden because he can decide when he’s finished and come back in, but he can’t do that with things like Beavers. So now I explain precisely how the day is planned and discuss any changes of plan with him while we are out, and we’re getting slightly less argument about the leaving home thing. Only slightly less though – yesterday I had all on dragging him out to music, and he did mainly refuse to join in, but as I said, he really enjoyed HE group. He usually does enjoy it once he’s out. So I’ll keep on dragging him, even though that isn’t very autonomous at all.