We’re back to working on the dreaded numbers. I have found that Luke does best with numbers when he is playing a game or solving a puzzle. He finally recognizes an “8” as an “eight”, instead of an automatic response, “a spider has eight legs!”
Whenever I point at a “9”, he still has to say, “a loop and a line…that’s a number….nine!” Progress is slow, but at least we are inching forward.
Today, we reviewed emergency procedures. That can count as schoolwork, right? At the end of our review, I wanted him to color a simple 911 page that we could post on the wall.
I handed him a red crayon and the paper. “Stay inside the lines.”
He snatched the paper from my hands and started drawing furiously.
“Mom, I cannot stay inside the lines. It is impossible. There is a fire. Here is a fireman. He has a hose. He is spraying water from his hose onto the fire. Here is the area that he is ‘posed to stay inside. I cannot stay inside the lines.”
I hate to kill creativity, so I told him it was great. I’m pretty sure that the 911 didn’t even represent numbers to him. Instead, they were annoying stick barriers that he had to draw around. I don’t really want a little, red pea-man scribble on my walls, but he was really proud of it, so it’ll go up for a bit.
We’ll just keep trying. Pray for no emergencies that incapacitate me, in the meantime.