Tomorrow is our first day of school. Andrew has been dreading it for weeks and today was so upset. I gave him a new backpack...with a monkey. He said, "I wish it was Mario."
At some point today we were talking about something and he said "that is 50 of the whole." He meant 50%. I asked him if he knew what that meant and he said, "yea mom. That's half." I mentioned that indeed he could do math. He balked and I broke out the skittles I was saving for tomorrow. We did no less than 20 minutes of math. I built his confidence. And he is actually (somewhat) excited about school tomorrow.
After using the skittles for math we transitioned into the tasting them for our current RDI objective which revolves around joint attention and we are working on using taste as a vehicle for this. It went nicely.
It didn't dawn on me until writing all this down... After the skittles Andrew started saying that he felt like he had to pee constantly. He was also doing some weird eye 'things' and some snorting/sniffing. I guess that would be what artificial dyes do to a kid who never gets them. I was thinking it was the sweet potatoes but nope..it's the dyes. I will have to find another delicious treat for our math manipulatives. Any suggestions??
I was also thinking today on the new 'options' for homeschooling K12 within the public school. (Does one call this public schooling at home?) So thankful that we currently have the freedom to do what we want..in the timing that is right for Andrew. Skittles and all.....