Elijah continues to be camera-shy. I can sneak a pic here or there without him being the wiser but any more than that and I get this.
Like Sadie, Elijah likes when I write out his messages first on dry-erase for him to copy in full. Unlike Sadie, Elijah can read just about anything and prefers not to write. He came to reading quietly and on his own- without rules, lessons, or forced repetition. Words like ‘night’ and ‘caution’ pose no challenge as they are seen in the context of a story, sign or other such life situation. That recognition is built on when similar words are encountered. As a left-hander, Elijah has not mastered a comfortable way of holding a writing utensil AND being able to see the product of his pen at the same time. We learned a new way (turning the paper and writing vertically) from a Bermudian unschooling dad at the Rethinking Education conference and will try it out next time! Thanks Michael!
As part of my regular exercise routine, I was running to the tennis courts for Tennis Tuesdays and then back home. This day, Elijah opted to run to the courts with me. Here we are stretching, talking about different muscle groups, and thinking about why stretching is important. He made it about 1/2 mile before the heat got to him (95 degrees F) and Chris picked him up in the car.
Elijah remains very enthusiastic about video games. He has virtually ‘beaten’ the games of MarioKart and Lego Star Wars for Wii through strategy, online searches for ways to unlock new options, earning money through play to purchase new characters and strategic tools, etc. Yesterday he used saved money from occasions to buy Lego Indian Jones for Wii. He and Chris are on cloud 9 figuring out this new game and blazing through the unfamiliar levels. An excerpt from this morning’s conversation:
“Daddy said when he gets home from basketball, we can play more Lego Indiana Jones. There are 3 sections. Each section has 6 boards. That’s 18 boards altogether because 3- 6s are 18. We did 4 boards yesterday. That leaves 2 boards in the first section. But then we can go to the next section. Since we did 4 boards yesterday, there are 14 new boards that we haven’t done yet.”
Sometimes the gears in his brain are audible!