My gosh Kiefer is growing up! Well, he IS technically getting taller, but he has gained a bunch of firsts and impressive actions. And Cameron! WHOA! I’m getting whiplash!
Let’s start by saying, they are doing great with their skating. Rollerblading is fun and a great exercise for them. However, I will say it’s getting hard for them wince Cameron doesn’t seem to think he can skate well and Kiefer doesn’t want to change the way he already is skating which is having his skates be very far apart making is hard to keep his balance. When the teacher gets Cameron’s attention, he does it right, but as long as he doesn’t believe in himself, he reverts back to doing it incorrectly. Well, it’s a struggle, but in the long run, they do like it. I’m nervous about getting my own skates. My ankles have a hard time with the skating and I’m not convinced they will be doing this for a long time. Meanwhile, skating isn’t going to be going on after this lesson is done. I’m fine with continuing it, but after a little break. Maybe we’ll get on to gymnastics or a different sport or activity. I might let them decide on this one. We’ll see…. Read more
Today, Kiefer decided he was going to tie his own shoe laces. He was getting close, but had a hard time. He asked for my help, so I showed him the three ways I know how to tie a shoelace. He and I chose the simplest one (tying the bunny ears). I showed him 2 times, and he got it! He was so proud of himself. He showed it to his daddy and then decided to try to teach his brother, Cameron. I sat here listening to him try to teach Cameron by showing him the way I did (tying the bunny ears). Cameron was not as motivated, but he did try to understand what Kiefer was trying to teach him. He really wanted to teach Cameron himself, so he turned down any offers for me to help, which I did towards the end, but Cameron only required some bubble gum. So, that was the end of the shoelace tying attempts from Cameron, but Kiefer did continue to practice on his own. I’m so proud of him!
So, later today, we went bike riding in the park without the training wheels. It was an unusually warm day this Winter, we were definitely going to take advantage of it. Read more
Well, the boys finally made it to Kindergarten! They did very well on their first day Thursday, July 11. It was a full day of school, but not with the full class. We drove them to school and walked them in to class. There was a sign-in sheet to include our names and emergency contact information for that day. The boys got a name tag each and found a seat. Their bags went in to a cubby and school supplies on the floor. Immediately, Cameron found a seat. Kiefer needed a little persuading, but he found a seat in front of Cameron and started to draw. They got to meet all four teachers (2 teachers and their assistants). They got to meet a few of their potential classmates since that was only part of the assessment week when the teachers get to meet each student, talk to them and assess what level they are at, and then determine which student will be in either class. They are aware that I requested our boys be in separate classes and I think that is preferred in schools anyways so I’m not concerned they are going to be in the same class.
I asked them how they felt about the teachers. I didn’t get a clear answer. I’m not sure how to take that since before they met their teachers, Cameron was certain he would want Ms. M., because she posted a picture of herself on her profile on the school’s website. Kiefer didn’t seem to care either way. I got to meet the head of the cafeteria. She was very nice. I mention her because we got to talking about my boys’ teachers and she among just about everyone else I’ve spoken to say some really high remarks about Ms. B., the other track 2 teacher one of the boys will get as a teacher. No one seems to know much about Ms. M. other than that she’s new and no one has any complaints about her and that she seems very nice. That’s a good thing. I met her and she really does seem very nice! Read more
This weekend was by far one of the busiest weekends we’ve ever had! Let’s see…
Jason and I went to Laurel Park elementary school to discuss the possibility of moving to a different track. The person we talked to reassured us that the track we chose will have two classes at least for the first few hears out boys are in school. However, we needed to get proof of the therapies our boys have been receiving during preschool (speech therapy and occupational therapy), so they can continue the therapy during kindergarten. I had to find out when they first started and then the more recent start to a second round of therapies are so the therapists at Laurel Park will have an idea of the progress my boys are making and what sort of help they need. I also need to write up and explanation of why they are in therapy. Alright no big deal. It was kind of nice going to that school again. It’s a big reminder of what sort of school we can look forward to our boys going to.
After a good day at preschool, we picked Cameron and Kiefer up at school. They both had good days so we were very happy about that. That night was a parent’s night out for them at the school which we were really looking forward to. They got dropped off at school at 6pm. We went off to dinner and a movie. Read more
Every night during their bedtime routines, Cameron and Kiefer have been reading The Magic Tree House books with Jack and Annie adventures at a fierce rate. Well….I and their daddy have been reading the books and they have been listening quite intently (considering most other books, they just wiggle and roll around half-listening and with these books they sit and listen most of the time, I’ll consider that intently otherwise).
So all day today, Cameron has been in and out of time out (including while in school). So, he was told to go to his room tonight because he wouldn’t stop shooting his toy robot gun over the stairs from upstairs to downstairs after being told to stop. I think he’s starting to catch on that it’s time to rest and not get too upset. Cameron is playing in his room. I can hear him talking. I start listening in a bit, and he’s saying some really interesting stuff. Stuff I’ve never heard him do before, but words and phrases I recognize from books we’ve been reading to him every night. Then Kiefer started to play with a loud toy pretending to vacuum the office floor with it, so I could not hear much else from Cameron other than he was still vocalizing some very concentrated thoughts.