When it's been so many days since I posted, sometimes I feel like a random is the only thing I can do!
Mr. P may have broken his nose Sunday morning while (wait for it...) getting dressed. He claims he "jumped" and then his nose smacked into the floor. (I did ask if he was planning to land on his feet or something else and he said, "I don't even know what I was planning!") It was impressively swollen until yesterday, when it started to turn colors instead. Follow up appointment tomorrow morning to find out if it really did break and then... they don't really do anything, right? I'll let you know.
I can't remember if I ever followed up here about Mr. P and the "moving letters" reading issue. Shortly after that, when I said I was going to take him to the eye doctor to get his eyes checked, he flipped out and said he'd made it all up to try to get out of reading. Strange thing, though... he'd actually been reading more (we started with a dark index card with a little word-sized notch cut out of the upper left corner — very helpful to frame the current word you're supposed to be reading). Since then, the holidays hit and time passed and — lo and behold — he can read. I mean, he still kind of thinks he can't read or "isn't good at" reading, but that's only because he can't read any page of The Hobbit with fluency and feeling. The truth is, he is reading. And no longer even needs the notched card, or even (if the print is big enough and there are not so many words on the page) a pointing finger. So, who knows what all that was about, eh?
Now, we're on to math, where we also have a lot of work to do. Getting him to practice math has been even harder, possibly, than getting him to practice reading was. Plus, I bought flash cards and immediately started off by shuffling a subset and trying them. Getting nowhere, I googled. And now, of course, I can't even find the page that set me straight, but here's how it goes: don't try to teach math facts by shuffling flash cards. No, we should start with counting by 2's. But he did that last year! Except it turned out he'd forgotten. He understands the concept, but stands there and counts under his breath to skip the odd numbers.
So, how to get him to practice counting by 2's? I tried just making him do it to 20 several times a day, but this was not fun or readily cooperated with. Then, we had a sunny afternoon two weeks ago and he wanted to play with a ball. On a whim, I suggested a game where we throw the ball to each other, but when you throw the ball, you have to shout the next number counting by 2's. You'd think he would see right through this, really, you would, but, really, he didn't. Or he didn't care. He loved it. We played all the way up to 100 and then he didn't want to stop and we played counting backwards to 0. Then, on our next family weekend walk we played counting by 2's tag, which is just like regular tag except that it's not an official tag unless you also shout the next number (correctly) at the same time you're tagging. He loved this even more than he loved the catch game. (On that walk, we got to 350 by 2's and then he really wanted to get to 1000 before the walk was over, so we started going by 10's instead!) It's still slow, especially at 10's and 100's boundaries, but it's getting better. And no one is unhappy. Win!!!!
Relatedly, I dropped in at a math and game store that caught my eye this morning with Shmoogie, thinking we'd just check out what they have... and left with a whole bunch of stuff. Colored dice pairs to play addition "war", colored sticks to play with numbers in physical form, a wrapping game where you wrap the string to match addition problems with their answers, and a Chinese abacus because they fascinate me (check out a video or two).
The next app continues to plod along. Actually, I thought I'd hit a really bad wall last night, but this morning figured out it wasn't so bad. Sooo... I still don't know when it will be done. But it has to be done before July! Several months before July! Which is soon...