Friday, August 24, 2012

Happy Days Are Here Again or Day 7

We had such a smooth day today! I do think George does so much better following a clear, set schedule. He can anticipate what comes next, and he knows unsavory subjects will be followed by more beloved ones.

We started the day with his calming yoga during which George shared that he really wants to be able to do a cartwheel. This is an extremely lofty goal for him, but I will encourage him to share it with his physical therapist the next time we see her. My spirit soared to know he's aiming high!

We ended the day with our Mayan glyphs. We talked about how until scholars in the 1800s found three codices stored away in Europe hundreds of years earlier, explorers had to take stabs at the meanings of individual glyphs. We made note of how the glyphs were all squarish in shape. We also noted that the Mayans used no metal tools.

George drew a glyph to represent himself and then replicated this in clay, by first forming several clay cubes, then squishing one and using a tool to draw his glyph in.
  • Those familiar with glyphs will note that technically his doesn't follow the pattern
  • Those familiar with occupational therapy will note that we just snuck in a half hour's worth of intensive small muscle motor planning.
  • Those familiar with George will note that yes, it's a kraken
nonfiction read & react: That Darn Tic! (a seasonal newsletter for kids with Tourette syndrome)
math unit: Chapter 1, second half of Lesson 4, Houghton Mifflin Math North Carolina, Grade 4
science: scientific methods of investigation
daily poem: "Halloween Party" by Kenn Nesbitt

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