June 10, 2019

Thumper Reads!


Thumper is what I call “functionally nonverbal,” which is a term I use for him.  It means that he can respond to questions verbally, and it has gotten clearer and easier, but it takes a lot of work because speaking is not a default function for him.

But Thumper can read.

He just started sight-reading out of the clear blue when he was four, and between sight words, books he has memorized on the iPad, and lots of repetition, Thumper really can read.  Not fluidly, but he can read most every word in an age-appropriate book.

The catch is finding a book that we don’t have on the iPad for him to read, because he’s memorized them all.

So, I had him read “Go Dog, Go!” to me yesterday to earn some iPad time (hey, his brothers have to have all their homework done before they get any Xbox time), and he knocked it out of the park.

Now, if he can only turn that brainpower into constructing complete sentences in speech…

June 7, 2019

Flashback Friday


Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  I would love to see the beaches for myself someday, but until then, seeing the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. five years ago will have to suffice.

The speeches and ceremonies yesterday were incredibly moving.  Take the time to watch the coverage if you can.

June 6, 2019

Presenting Galileo!


And Rerun’s Galileo biography bottle is done and off to school a day early!  (It’s due tomorrow.)

We got to the point where Rerun was saying “yes, Mom, whatever” while I was waving felt and the hot-glue gun around.  He did less work than he should have on the body, but he did insist on the collar – and then left me to figure out how to make it work.

But Galileo is done, he’s holding a telescope (a paper tube, rolled in black cardstock, with saran wrap over each end to simulate glass – and thank you to Tad for donating two of your braces’ rubber bands to the project) which is glued into his hands.  I helped Rerun secure him on the bus this morning, and I confirmed when I picked Rerun up this afternoon that Galileo had indeed made it to school intact.

The presentations will be in a couple weeks, just before school gets out.

Which leaves me thinking only one more thing…

Thumper is going to end up doing a report on John Williams someday, I just know it.

June 5, 2019

Every Yarn On His Head


Galileo is progressing.

However, since I am in charge of the hot-glue gun (mostly because I don’t want Rerun burning himself – been there, done that on MYSELF as a kid), I delegated the task of cutting a whole lot of yarn to Rerun.

Since Galileo had a mustache and beard (according to his portraits) this meant a lot of yarn, and a lot of “are we done yet?”

But the head (along with a semi-lousy haircut by yours truly) is complete, with quite a lot of yarn and hot glue, and a couple of googly eyes.

He might need more hair on top, but I can work on that without Rerun.  He did quite a lot of cutting and has definitely put in the effort!