Sunday, November 15, 2009

Steven Survives

while his Mommy waits for inspiration for a new strategy.

Yes, we are not following a curriculum, and no, I'm not a qualified teacher. No, we don't get approval from the school board, and yes, I don't know what I'm doing sometimes. Yes, we change our minds about 14 times a year about how we want to approach book-learning,...

And no, he is not going to school next year....

Because, while he is reading at a middle school level, he hates to read. Because although he spells well, he can just barely write his letters.

And because he thinks states are countries and countries are states, and doesn't have the slightest curiosity about continents or where they are located in what seas. And because his mind wanders more than it wonders when it comes to Math. And mostly, because he believes in Santa and wears reindeer antlers or an elf hat everyday as soon as we have our first frost. (He also sleeps late and sometimes eats candy for breakfast when he gets up while he watches marathons of The Simpson episodes he's programmed into the DVR).

Meanwhile, Steven is doing the play The Emperor's Nightingale playing a lead character, "The Lord-in-Waiting." He is nervous because he has the most lines, but it'll be fine. He is sharp and in good voice and as he told his teacher, "It doesn't matter what part I get, I just want to bring the play to life." :)

He is feeling a ton better physically and back in action at Taekwondo. He is bummed to have missed so much, but has a lot of motivation to catch up and he is working it out. He should be ready by December to move on to the next belt. I'm hoping beyond hope that we are done with viruses for awhile. It has been incredibly tough on him because he enjoys TKD so much.

He is sewing with Alissa which he loves, but his machine is on the fritz ~ Fingers are crossed that we get word that it's fixed for tomorrow's class. Thank you AS for letting him use yours, just in case.

Also this week: He has theatre workshop at the library, a class at the metro parks and will be going to the science museum for a circuits and art class. When we go to work, he'll see his best friends who are mostly grown-ups, but also, when he gets home his best neighbor friends will be here for the week with their moms.

And finally, he is planning on staying up really late one night this week, until midnight, and ordering a pizza.


  1. Yes! That is what it's all about. All of it. Especially the pizza.

  2. Oh Karen! You speak what we all want to say. Our kids are such individuals and all have their quirky ways. Isn't it great that instead of placing them in an environment where their quirkiness will be punished or ridiculed, we can embrace it. You said it right...Steven is The Dude! I love it.
    BTW..can we come and see his performance??

  3. Yes! We'd love to come see the play too! And you both rock, for real.

  4. Will you let me know when the play is? I'd like to come see it if I can.

    Also, you know what I don't understand? Why our society thinks we should learn everything about everything when we're kids, then tells us we should only be good at and do one thing as adults. It's confusing. Don't you think?

  5. Yes, please come! I'll send the addy via FB (it's just across the street from you, Tammy :))

    AS, I think you're right. And to learn "everything" when you're developmentally not prepared really has a shame impact. As if our natural constitution must always be suspect as if it is tripping us up! We go through life ashamed of ourselves because we're being who we are, but for some reason think we'd be better off working on being someone else.