I think we had a very successful September. Tommy turned five and had a great party. He sang “Happy Birthday to You” and blew out his candles. We can’t quite figure out why he sings “Happy Birthday to You” in a monster voice but that’s how it comes out. I’m not picky though! I love it anyway.
This is the first year he’s blown out the candles! It’s the little things that can feel really significant sometimes. He just seems to get so many more concepts this year and it’s allowing him to participate in events and holidays more fully. It’s really fun to experience it with him!
School is going well again this year. He’s loving his new classroom and while it made me nervous to move him from a teacher and team he loved, he’s done fine and I think it’s been good. New challenges, right? Today he had music class which sounds like it’s just fun but it’s so much more! It is about paying attention and following directions. A lot of what they learn in group settings is taking turns, using their words, and sharing. When the children with sight are matching colors, Tommy is learning to identify braille letters. They figure a way to make it work for everyone. It also helps that Tommy has only seven kids in his class.
Tom was talking about recess in the car ride home today so maybe that’s a new favorite “class.” One thing Tommy talks about all the time is what day and what month it is. He’s always telling us the day of the week. Maybe he needs some sort of braille calendar where he can mark the days of the week and the day of the month. It would be good practice for me to make one too! Gotta use that SMART Brailler…! And here’s some pictures of Tommy using our braille scratch paper from playing on the brailler to make some sticker art.