He runs to make his mind still, to organize himself and to get rid of the noise from this loud, confusing world. The more he's moved, the more he's introduced patterns and rhythm into his routine. Laps around the house are a daily ritual. He's made it more complex as he's developed, but the basics are the same. There is a pattern of movement -- specific foot patterns based on whatever song or chant he chooses to accompany the run, and he can not be stopped until he is ready to be.

This is James, and this is our story.

Monday, October 8, 2012

"First in Math" Overload

Two ways to tell if your 7 year old has been spending too much time playing "First in Math" on the computer...

He will wake you up telling you that you need to see the categories on his bed. Drowsily, you will follow him into his room where you will see this:

MOM! Look! They are in 3 categories. Unicorns, Kittens, and Other".

"That is, Unicorns on the left, then kittens in the middle because they are my favorite, and then Other.
Because there are others".

When you finally stop shaking your head to yourself and go downstairs to make yourself a much needed cup of coffee, he will call out to you:

"MOM! James spilled flavor blasted goldfish in the living room! Don't worry, there aren't THAT many though".

There is a short hesitation. And then,

"Well, I guess there are kind of a lot, because there are enough to make a triangle!"

And, confused again, you will walk into the living room with the dustpan to see this:

Now if you excuse me, I'm going to go find my Quirky Kids book...

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