After my little wobble last week, I'm feeling a little more relaxed about things. I've realised that it's ok to just go with the flow for a while, even though it may seem like not much is happening. Although many people will say that ASD kids need routine and structure, J just doesn't seem to respond to that, at least as far as home-ed is concerned, so we have naturally slipped into a more laid back, almost unschooling type of learning. And I've read enough unschooling blogs to know that there's no rush to learn things by a certain age. Reading examples of children who didn't learn to read or write or whatever until much later is very reassuring for me, because it helps me to realise that there is still time, he will learn it when he is ready. Reading at least is not a problem, thank goodness! And, whilst there may not be much "work" to show for it, there is still plenty of learning going on. This probably won't be the last "wobble" that I'll have, but I know it's just a temporary thing and will pass.
So, what have we been up to this week? Well, like most of the country, on Tuesday we had a snow day, and W was very happy to get a day off school this time! He went off sledging with his mates but J was happy to stay indoors and carried on watching episodes of Reboot on Youtube. Although he did venture out very quickly - he wanted to tread on snow in bare feet so had a quick run outside and straight back in again! Once the sun came out in the afternoon the snow started melting very quickly, there's only a tiny bit left on the grass now!
Our back garden, before it all melted.
I'm starting to feel a little inkling of wanting to make something again but haven't decided what yet. I think I need to just start pulling some fabric out and see what happens.
Back on the subject of wobbles, J has two wobbly teeth! It's been an AGE since his last tooth came out - I checked back in my diary and it's been 3 years, although it feels like longer. But I checked my notes about W too, and he had the same three year gap, followed by a bumper year of lots of teeth coming out one after the other. So it seems J may be in for a little windfall from the toothfairy!
I am starting to feel excited about a little trip next week - I have booked myself a ticket to go to the Country Living Fair in Islington, on my own. I figured I deserved a day off, so P will be at home with J (no doubt they will go off and do some boy stuff together, bowling maybe) and I will have the whole day to wander around, looking at pretty things, and maybe buying a few treats too.