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Thursday, March 03, 2011
Jack hasn’t complained about kids pushing or calling him names this
week. He still doesn’t seem to have jelled with anyone, or found a
comfortable environment in the playground. At the moment it doesn’t
seem to be overly troubling him however.
His teachers and we have made an effort to link him up with another boy
somewhat like Jack – but I suspect they may be too alike. This morning
when I suggested Jack go play with him he refused, and the parent of the
other boy seemed to be getting the same response. A reminder that our
best intentions are still meddling, and that you can’t force the issue.
We did manage to speak with Jack’s teacher about his background, and why
we are specifically concerned about him fitting in. She has indicated
that she will keep an eye out for him and help were she can.
Jack did his assessment yesterday, which he apparently did really well
at. He will be in the top numeracy and literacy group for this term.
His teacher indicated it was common for kids as bright as Jack to have
issues with fitting in with peers and extra anxieties. While she seems
very enthusiastic about Jack’s abilities, it will be interesting to see
where he ends up sitting in comparison to his class mates, given at this
point he probably had more preparations towards starting school than the
average child might.
I left Jack 5 minutes before the bell this morning - the first step
towards just "dropping him off" at school. I am mindful however that it
adds another "playground" period that he will have to deal with.
Posted by Doug at 9:39 AM
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Jack wondering at why Dad's Camera is making so much noise (on Rapid
And finding it amusing anyway..
Posted by Doug at 5:37 PM
Monday, March 07, 2011
Grace blowing bubbles on her 2nd birthday
Posted by Doug at 6:07 PM
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Grace unwrapping her birthday presents the other day
Posted by Doug at 6:38 PM
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Duck Opening on Tungamah Swamp
The Camouflage working well
Posted by Doug at 9:01 AM
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
To coincide with Jack starting school, we started to give him pocket
money. This has started out as $5 a week and will (to begin with)
increase by $1 a week at each birthday. We don’t plan to tie this in
with chores, or link it to punishments or rewards.
Jack didn’t spend any of his money for 5 weeks, before picking up some
Bakugan for himself. Yesterday Al let him lose in a $2 shop, and he
purchased himself a collection of cheap, horrible junk. While I thought
it was a waste of money, it soon turned into a valuable lesson in life.
Cheap products break easily...
Posted by Doug at 10:06 AM
Overall Jack seems to be doing ok in the playground – at least to the
point he isn’t worry about it. He was dead keen on playing Basketball,
but wasn’t always able to find a group willing to let him join. So we
purchased him a $6 ball, and after drumming it into him that he might
well lose it, allowed him to take it to school. This seemed to break
the ice, so to speak. He was happy to just play by himself, but usually
other kids join in. He now seems to regularly remark on playing with
the two kids he knew from Childcare, several other boys from their
class, at least one boy from his class, a girl, and a grade 1 boy we
know the father of. In amongst those common names, he mentions plenty
of others less frequently. At pick up and drop offs he also seems to
have plenty of kids make a point of saying hello. I’m sure life is not
perfect for him in the playground, but at least he does seem to be happy
Posted by Doug at 1:15 PM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Grace has the runs, and while she is trying to be happy, she easily
falls into crying or grumpy fits. During one of these angry sessions she
was placed in her Portacot – where she twice deftly swung her leg up and
over the side and climbed out. When Al tried to put her on the couch,
she used the same sort of maneuver to simply climb over the back of it
to get away.
That means we have no place to “detain” her any more, and will need to
put the portacot away. It also means – since the side is the same
height, we need to take the side off her cot. (So she won’t climb out
at night and possibly hurt herself.)
Posted by Doug at 3:15 PM