Sunday, October 30, 2011
Joe has been working on writing. It has been a long process. He has a few obstacles to overcome including low muscle tone in his hands, small fingers, and very short thumbs. All of this makes it difficult for Joe to grasp a writing implement and control it when he writes. He has been doing a great job with reading and early spelling but writing continues to be a challenge. I was proud when Joe insisted on writing the names of his classmates on the Halloween that bags that he made this weekend. We used the list of names sent home by his teacher and he wrote the names by himself.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
We went to the annual East Lansing Pumpkin Walk on Thursday evening. It wasn't as much fun as it usually is because our friends--The Conlin 5--are in Australia this year. The kids hit most of the stores on Grand River and then Five Guys Burgers for dinner.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Joe's class went to Sparrow Hospital for a "Hello Hospital" field trip. The kids learned a lot about the hospital and were able to see a number of things including an x-ray. I like this photo of Joe because he has spent many, many hours at Sparrow Hospital not all of them as fun as this trip. He looks pretty skeptical to me.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Joe's class went apple picking last week. It was a perfect day and he came home with a big bag of apples. These photos were taken off of Joe's teacher's blog. There are lots more if you want to see them. Click on Mrs. Olance's Classroom (on the right-hand column of this blog).
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Last night we had the 2nd annual dance in recognition of Down syndrome awareness month. This year I helped to organize the event. It was lots of fun and I think everyone had a great time dancing. Chris was able to get a few good shots of Emma and Joe.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Joe's class is studying dolphins by learning about Winter the dolphin featured in the movie Dolphin Tale. Later in the semester they are going to have a virtual tour with a dolphin handler. Right now they are using web tools to learn about dolphins. Here is a link the one of the sites that they use: CLICK