Ethan had a great first week of school. We are very proud of him for learning the routine, getting up early (he prefers a 10 am wake-up time), and adjusting to everything so quickly. Yes, there were some tears. Having Sensory Processing Disorder is not easy. When he starts something new, his senses are all overwhelmed at once. It can lead to some tears. It is often hard for us, as parents, because Ethan is a perfect child at home. Really. He seldom cries or gets upset at all. He is lovable, funny, sweet, sensitive, and joyful.
Of course, home is not school. Home is relaxing, calm, and fun. School is busy, chaotic, and work. That is not to say that school is not fun. It is. But, Ethan has to understand that learning can be fun. Right now, he often does not really see the point in it all.
One of the things that is a learning tool that Ethan believes is total fun is the iPad. That is the language that Ethan speaks. It is a great, great tool for education. I have actually been trying to get one for Ethan to use at school. There is one in his special education classroom now. But, my goal is to get one for him to use all of the time. With all of the apps that are available now, he could literally do almost all of his work on it. I will keep trying…because I would do anything for Ethan, for any of my littles.
Week one down, and 35 more to go. This week was a success. Ethan is adjusting to his schedule and already learning new things. He is happy that it is the weekend…we all are. As I type, he is on the couch mastering Angry Birds on the iPad. Next week will be a good week. And, if it isn’t? Well, we will keep forging ahead one step at a time.
When I had 3 children under the age of 4, I cannot tell you the number of times people asked me in a store, “How do you do it?” My response, “One minute at a time, of course.” Such is life. There are good minutes and bad minutes, good days and bad days. That is where the unicorns and rainbows come in, always seeing the good, even in the bad. Yes, Ethan had some tears this week. But, you know what? He had way more smiles.
I have been cooking, experimenting, and having fun in the kitchen this week. So, I will have many more new recipes to share next week. Until then, I have some littles who want to just enjoy the calm, relaxing, fun weekend at home. Enjoy your weekend!