Jorge Juan had a blast at school with his belated Valentine’s Day party. He came home with a homemade bag filled with cards and candies. It was really cute. The other night, out of the blue, he wakes up and starts crying that he wants his bag. He has not done this type of thing for a very long time. He use to wake up and cry for a specific toy if he could not find it in his bed. He used to fall asleep with small toys in his hands every night. The good thing is that he did not cry long and I told him that he can have his bag the next day. This was easy. I remember the nights where he would just not settle for anything, any toy would not do. It had to be the exact one or nothing. He has really come a long way from that.
He has been enjoying his homework and really working hard on projects and staying focused and busy. He is always on the go and eager to learn new things. He asks hundreds of questions each day. He wants to know each detail and specifically step by step. I would not have it any other way. Thank God that he is able to speak and vocalize his needs.
I am very happy with his progress. He is blooming. I am always thinking of different activities and hands on lessons for him to do. He loves tinkering with tape, glue, scissors, paper, clips and all that good stuff. Luckily, I do too and we have all the school, arts and crafts supplies that can entertain us for a very long time.
It is all about play based learning. Hands on learning, involving all the senses is imperative. I truly believe in a constructivist philosophy of education. By the way, that is what I am working on for my Capstone Project to obtain my Masters of Education degree.
Back to Jorge Juan..He is a little five year old boy who loves to play and adores other o children. He loves to read and enjoy all activities that any other child would and does. He does not know he is different but he knows that autism is his super power.