That's the question I'm asked everyday by Will. Since school ended a couple of weeks ago he has had a really hard time transitioning into a more unstructured day. I've noticed this when he starts talking about how we HAVE to have lunch at 12. What should we have for lunch? Will you make me lunch at 12? I've made a schedule on his calendar whiteboard. He doesnt' really follow it, but I think it gives him a sense of timing to look at it. Yesterday was a doozy and I haven't seen behaviors and meltdowns like this in a long time. It finally ended when I got him into a bath to calm down. It wasn't pretty. So each day I've had to plan something to keep him engaged and busy and trying to fulfill his sensory needs.
Trips to the barn to visit with the animals.
Saturday morning farmers market. He just loves going there knowing he can get a breakfast sandwich, huge cinnamon roll and then an ice cream from the new ice cream shop. This kid can EAT lately. I love going to get my fresh veggies.
Sunday he used his kids cookbook to make a batch of vanilla cupcakes. He did almost all of it under my supervision and guidance.
Yesterday it was back into the cookbook for lunch. He decided on a very healthy meal of pigs in a blanket. He made the grocery list of hot dogs and cresent rolls and we headed to the grocery store.
Then he came home and made the whole thing.
Summer library reading program. Read 30 minutes a day and get a prize each week. I want him to get into reading chapter books so I figured the best way was to read them to him. This is how it started out - him pretending to sleep and ignore me.
Tim came in and saw us so he grabbed the camera. We managed to get him over to look interested. He finally did take some interest in the story.
After that, the rest of the evening went down hill. It was NOT fun. He's in a better mood this morning and we have even done our 30 minutes of the chapter book and he was much more excited and interested in the story. Now we are headed to the library and then I'm packing a picnic to take to the park afterwards. See if I can't get him engaged in some large motor skills.