Have I mentioned how much I love our co-op’s PJ and Pancake days. These days mean sleeping in an extra 30 minutes. There are no lunches to pack. There are no “time to get dressed” morning battles. There are no last minute “clean pants scramble.” Everyone enjoys a little extra sleep and rolls out of bed already “dressed” for co-op. It is lovely and just what I needed today.
We arrived at co-op to find most of the co-op kids had embraced the PJ memo. Everyone looked so snuggly on this cold March day.
For lunch the moms all brought ingredients and parts to create our pancake lunch. The kids love having pancakes for lunch and the moms love only having to pack a single item rather than having to pack lunches for each family member.
For my second grade science class we were learning about light and the boys had fun with the experiments we did.
Then for art we had messy fun with paint!
Today was also bookmobile day. Once a month the local library’s bookmobile makes a stop at our co-op. It is so nice to be able to let all the kids pick out some new reading material… even when life’s too crazy to find time for a library visit.
It is so convenient. At the conclusion of co-op the bookmobile pulls up to the door and the kids pile in to pick out books and movies to check out for the month. We love the bookmobile!
Following co-op we stopped at Bright Beginnings for Ozzie’s weekly occupational therapy session and then it was back home for a bit before church activities and scouts in the evening.
For Tyler’s one on one time we worked on emotions. In therapy we are still working on building Tyler’s ability to recognize and name his emotions. We are doing this by introducing him to a more extensive emotion vocabulary and by helping him learn to “read” emotions in the faces and in physical cues of others. We are doing this by building an emotions book. Daily we pick an emotion, read the definition of that emotion, identify the face and body cues of that emotion, and then discuss times when he feels that emotion.
My plan was to build his emotion dictionary with pictures of him demonstrating those emotions using pictures of HIS face, but Tyler resisted this idea. Instead he asked Molly to be our “emotions model” and she sweetly agreed. Here are the Molly faces for four emotions we worked on today.
It was a good day.
In other news: Guess who is turning 18 in one week?!
Yes, Miss Grace will 18 next week and I will be the mother to an adult child! I have no idea how that is even possible…
Olivia, Gracie’s best buddy, has something special in store for this monumental birthday. She is doing a gift a day for Grace up till the day of her birthday. She has aleady given Grace two gifts with this explanation of how the next week will play out:
Needless to say Gracie is thrilled and touched by Olivia’s thoughtful gift and the opportunity to walk down memory lane with her BFF.
Olivia sent home gifts for the days she won’t see Grace so that there is a gift to open each day. I promised to document the opening of each gift with photos.
Let the countdown begin!