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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Cello

I didn't get much info out of Kayla as to how her first day of school went besides her usual "Goooood!" I knew her desk was between J and S so I was able to ask her some questions about them.

"Who did you sit next to at lunch?"
"What else did you do today?"
"Who did you play with at recess?"
"What did you play?"
"A game."
"What game?"
"Went on the slide!"

I try to ask her other open-ended questions but rarely get any specific answers about what she actually did or anything that happened in class, or what they were learning about. Eventually I let the subject drop.

We have these 'conversation dinner cards' that are like a deck of cards with questions on them. That night I pulled them out and one of the questions was "What is your favorite sound?" (Mine was silence - ha!)

After Lucas talked about his (I think he said a barking dog) Kayla came out with "Cello!"

Not sure that I heard her correctly I asked, "Your favorite sound is a cello?"
Wow did that seem to come out of the blue. And I said as much when I blurted out, "Where did that come from?" but not really expecting an answer. Or at least an answer that would actually tell me where it came from.

But she told me, "Music!"
"Music class!"

Insert light bulb going off.

"Oh! You had music class today?"
"And you learned about the cello?"
"The teacher played the cello?"
"She did?"
"On the Smartboard!" (and she mimicked touching the Smartboard).

At this point Lucas asked what a cello was and what sound it made. She proceeded to pretend to play a cello and made a humming-type noise to go along with it.

Well cool! Something she remembered and took home with her and could tell us about!

And she volunteered this information on her own.

And it was exciting for me to hear she learned about the cello on her first day of school.

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Cate said...

That is AWESOME.

Michelle said...

AWESOME! Also, I wanted to let you know that my "neurotypical" nearly 12 year old gives me the same types of answers about school -- with an eye roll thrown in for good measure :-)

Big brother, Little sister. said...

Great news on such a positive start to the school year. I am thinking of you both as you start this new journey at a new school and I hope it is really positive for everyone. cooper is at a local school with support but is the first child there with CP so we are all learning along the way :)

Mom24 said...

Aren't those cards worth their weight in gold? :)

Michelle Z said...

That is AWESOME!

Deborah said...

Awesome! (Hate to repeat, but that's just the best word). :)

Team Lando said...

Aw, love this!

Nisa Dunmyer said...

Aww. How cute. I love the cello too.

Nisa Dunmyer said...

Aww. How cute. I love the cello too.

Becca said...

Fantastic!! (Seemed a good alternative to my first choice, "awesome...") I'm so glad to hear this, and hope more information gets passed along like this going forward!! I have similar conversations with Samantha, and try, before I get too frustrated, to get her to tell me just *one* thing she learned today, making it a sort of game. Sometimes it works. especially if I tell her one thing I did/learned as well.