September 2, 2011
Hamhock has only 17 kids in his second grade class so far. I suspect that some more kids will be offered a spot, because I am sure there are kids on the wait-list, and the class size is approved to 23. But for now, 17. (Nice!)
But here’s one of the best parts for him. . . there are three African American boys in his class!!!!!!!! Weeeeeeeeee!!!!! And, at least a half dozen Hispanic kids too!!!! I’m so excited to have kids with beautiful shades of skin color in his class. So excited! (Yes, we *are* the ones who chose to live in Sandy, UT, where it’s pretty white-bread mayonnaisey, pretty much everywhere you go. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just yearn for a little more color in my life).
Anywhoo. . .I stopped by the other day to take Hamhock to a doctor’s appointment, so I got to peek in and watch his class do their yoga exercises before lunch. He and a new school buddy were partners. . .doing a rock and lizard. They were laughing and following the teacher and learning and having a great time. True to Hamhock form, when we were leaving, his buddy and another kid came up to give him a hug goodbye (can I just express how much I love kids before they get all pre-teen/teenager/angsty?). Hamhock has always had a big personality, and when he’s in a situation to feel comfortable in expressing himself, other kids gravitate towards that big personality.
Then I peeked in on Superboy as his class was getting ready for lunch and he saw me and immediately gave me a big hug hello (can I just express how much I love kids before they get all pre-teen/teenager/annoyed?)! His shoes needed tying (no, he doesn’t know how himself, yet) and he showed me the discipline chart. He already had one warning by 11 am. My little manchild who got my chatty-cathy genes for being too social in class when the teacher’s talking. . .poor kid (but also good, right?).
So. . . my completely neurotypical, fairly easy-going child has already been warned several times for behavior in the first week of school. My child diagnosed with autism hasn’t had one problem at all! In fact, when another kid pushed him at gym this week, instead of pushing back, he immediately just told the teacher. That’s it. Told the teacher and didn’t act out.
Another thing about Superboy. . .this is the first time he’s been in school for seven hours straight! Preschool and Kindergarten were 2 1/2 hours. He and his bff have been so funny when they come home afterschool. . . so much pent-up boy energy, so that they start playing, giggling, and eating like they’ve been in a work camp for a week. It’s pretty cute, ’cause boys are just darn cute.
Oh, and yet another thing about Superboy. . .he was upset that we weren’t going to play at McDonald’s after school on Wednesday this week, so he decided to throw down a big tantrum. He was crying and screaming and I told him to calm down in his room.
A few minutes later, after he calmed down, he came out and said: “Mom! I learned at school how to calm down! Watch!”. He proceeded to show me several different yoga poses and told me how he learned all about calming down with yoga at school.