Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hit the wall

I think Shea has just hit the wall. Yesterday with Bubble lady, he just dug in his heals and kept saying, "too hard". He wouldn't even try the words or letter sounds that she wanted him to work on. Bubble ended up getting out the book, The Little engine that could, and talking about how he needs to just try and keep trying. She told him that she knows that he can do it and she is not going to give up on him.

The other night, Shea was playing with a calculator and he asked what it was. So, we broke down the word Calculator into four parts while he repeated them. He said, "Hard word." I thought that was a pretty interesting exchange but I didn't really think much about it until I told Bubble.

She was pretty blown away. Something about how to use language to talk about language is a pretty advanced thought process. Hm...interesting indeed.

Shea has a stubborn streak yards wide. The last thing I want is for language and talking to become a battle ground.

I think this holiday break is coming just in time. We will all get some time off; less rushed with time to just chill. Maybe Shea can bring some new energy and enthusiasm back to the challenge after a little break.

Let's hope.


deirdre said...

Thinking about words as words...that's complex and huge. Wow. It may feel like a wall, but it's probably a breakthrough. Sometimes our breakthroughs are the toughest times 'til hindsight.

Hibernate and snuggle - you all are good at digging in and focusing on family. Sounds like this winter break could turn into cherished family time.

Up for some kid-friendly walks on nice days? Let's get 'em out and about in some fresh air.

Shea's Mom said...

Thanks Pal.

How about those flakes! Snow, that is.


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