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Science

Plants

Text Book: Science : Scotts, Foresman

Supplemental Books:

Planting a Rainbow

The Tiny Seed

The Carrot Seed

Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring The Earth to Life

Plant Life Cycles

Hungry Plants

Projects:

1. Food coloring and carrot tops

2. Examining a tree trunk

3. Observing Plant Parts

4.  Plant some seeds.

5. Observe 3 different plants.

A. Compare their stems and leaves.

B. Draw pictures of any buds, fruits, or flowers.

Excursions:

1. Visit botany farm

2. Visit Natural Reserve Park

3. Visit Home Depot or local nursery

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Improved Attention

J loves chapter books ; We’ve been reading a chapter book a week. So, far we have read EllRay Jakes is NOT a Chicken, Captain Underpants and Robert and the Attack of the Giant Tarantula. We read the chapter book along with 6 to 10 books we have in rotation. Reading time also consists reading science and literature text books.

J struggles with attention, however, at story time he is enthralled and attentive. He enjoys listening and participating. He uses his imagination when you ask him what he thinks may come next or what he would do if he were the character. Sometimes, his answers are so incredibly funny and crazy.

Any other time J is a fireball of constant movement and inattention. The ONLY TIMES he is calm is during outside play or exploration, television time, art time or when Momma is reading to him. He enjoys picking out RED books to read.

J used his ingenious creativity when asked to make the life cycle of a butterfly with geometric shapes and draw pictures of the life cycle.

We have been watching lots of documentaries about monarch butterflies on YouTube. We have enjoyed books such as Welcome Back Butterflies, I’m a Caterpillar and The Hungry Caterpillar.

On Saturday, J and I were trimming our overgrown grass. I also moved some purple queens in the yard to add a splash of color in the front yard.

After we went inside J began crying and itching. I noticed some swelling and hives on his cheek. I poured him some benedryl in orange juice. He continued to cry and began screaming in agony. I applied Cortaid on his body. His screams accelerated and hives were spreading. His eye began to swell shut. His face was swollen and his eyes were bloodshot.

My heart was racing, I was scared because the anti-histamine wasn’t working. His despair was overwhelming for both of us. I was about to RUSH him to Emergency Room because he had fever, was swollen and symptoms were increasing INSTEAD of decreasing. I stripped him of his clothing he was wearing outside. I ran him some bath water and bathed him with African Black Soap by SheaMoisture. It was a instant relief.  He calmed down. Next, I laid him in bed under the ceiling fan. I filled his humidifier with water and droplets of Breathe essential oil.

J was much better and slept nicely…NO MORE YARD WORK  for him.

Haircut Handsomeness

J loves red. He loves wearing red and he has to wear red head to toe!

His latest obsession is Superheroes. He combines his two favorite things red and superheroes.

Iron man is his alter ego.

While sleeping J talks about his day and that he wants to wear red. He wakes up when it is still dark asking “Do I get to pick my own clothes? Do I get to wear red?”

Today, He woke up excited. J smiled and asked ” Is it my day to choose?” “Do I get to wear my red shirt?”

I told J he needed to play and not focus on his clothing.

Since it St. Patrick’s day, I said he can pick his shirt, underwear, socks and shoes and I would pick his shorts.

After I picked his camouflage shorts he threw them across the room laughing saying “No!, I want red pants.”

I explained we were sharing today clothing choices. I overheard him saying ” My body is worried and scared about wearing those shorts.” He was whimpering. J climbed on my lap and was deeply saddened by having to wear the shorts .

I made the compromise with him that while we are at home he can wear his red pants at home and when we go out he has to wear the green camouflage shorts. A smile jumped over his face and his body awakened into happiness.

He is a ebullient red boy..red beanie hat, red skull t-shirt, red chino pants, and two mismatched socks.

I met a Black senior citizen in Wal*Mart on our way to purchase a Iron Man mask.

J was sitting in the cart quietly and patiently.

The man asked ” Is he “special”?” “Why is he sitting in the cart instead of walking; Can he walk?”

I knew he meant Special Needs.

I correctly answered back “Yes, He is special. He is loved and cared for. He is thoughtful, caring, patient, and extremely intelligent. And yes he can walk, I prefer him to be in cart.”

The man stared at me, with an blank expression.

We went on to speak about discipline.

He asked ” Do you Spank or yell at him to get him to behave ?”

I quickly rebutted with ” No!”

He was NOT  convinced that was possible.

The man continued to argue that as a Parent you have to spank or yell to have well behaved kids.

I explained we have family rules which revolve around : love, safety, kindness, health, and respect.

He receives consequences that relate to his infraction such as a loss of privilege and / or activity.

His face and body language expressed muddled understanding.

Next, He went on to tell me that being a single Mom to a boy was going to make him Gay.

He was convinced that gay men were evolved by single Moms. He matter of factually said ” You women think you can do everything and it takes a man…These young boys are skipping out on their responsibilities.”

My confutation ” I believe homosexuality is genetic it’s in the DNA. There are many homosexuals that are raised in a two parent home. And another thing is personally, there is nothing wrong with homosexuality.”

He then remarked ” You are going to disrespect your elder by telling me I’m wrong!”

I chuckled ” That is my opinion and you are entitled to yours but I disagree with it. I have plenty of gay friends. They are awesome and healthy and also come from all different types of families.”

He shot back with “Well what does your church say?”

I smiled “The Bible says….God says…The greatest commandment is to love thy neighbor.”

Without skipping a beat he questioned ” Do you love your neighbor ?”

I smugly said “yes, I speak to them, I know their names, and I bring them plants.”

He became briefly silent and said he hated his neighbor and wanted to shoot them.

I ended our spiraling conversation with telling him to have a great day!

This weekend was the beloved annual book festival. I adore this event; I look forward to it like a kid loves Christmas. The BEST part is that children receive BRAND NEW  books for FREE. J ALWAYS get a boat load of books! Over the two day weekend he got 29 free books. They were a mix of hardback cover and paperback. I chose him some chapter books like Encyclopedia Brown and Ellray Jakes Is Not A Chicken. J was happy to choose Dora the Explorer books. J picked out books for his bestfriend who couldn’t attend the event.

The Festival has so many fun events and centers. They have a circus every year they have a new story. The circus played Jennifer Hudson music for their trapeze act. Children can relate to the children who perform in the circus. Eyes are wide with excitement and wonder.

J really enjoyed Science City. He made a red Popsicle germ with with microbes made out of pipe cleaners. He talked with Immunobiology and Microbiology majors about germs and colored pictures about germs. Next, He climbed in the old fashion firefighter truck and pulled the bell. I enjoyed the prickly pear candy in the tent that was a amagalation of sciences such as 4-H, mycology, native seed and aquaphonics. He cheered up when he was able to water lettuce in the aquaphonics area.

He was amused by Ronald McDonalds magic tricks. He paid concentrated attention to his every trick and roared with excitement. The crowd reveled the trick of making the clown move his eyes and smiling on the white board and when he made the markers disappear in the box.

Sunday had gusty winds…After story time J fell asleep within two minutes. I assumed it was because of  a long fun day. But ten minutes into sleeping his normal temperature skyrocketed to 102.8. I applied essential oils on the bottom of his feet and his temperature dropped to 100.1 and his temperature adulated through the night. He had fever throughout Monday. J took it easy and slept a lot on Monday.

J completed 20 book reports from the Reading Street 1.2 text book.

He writes 4 to 5 sentences to discuss the story he read. Each sentence is considered a book report.

J used $10 dollars to buy  two Dora the Explorer DVD’s : Fairy-tale Adventure and Pirate Adventure.

I gave him permission to veg out and watch Dora all night for all of his hard work.

He comes in periodically to get hugs and kisses then quickly shuffles off to his movie.

I used $10 dollars to buy two Step 2 books: Even and Odds and Thomas Shark Tank and 2 DVD’s : Sid The Science Kid and Multiplication Rap.

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On Tuesday, after I picked J up from preschool he suggested a shaved ice treat. I agreed. He enjoyed exclaiming “Yummy!”

We rushed from Grandparent’s  home. I decided to forgo his wheat restriction like I did with his dye restrictions. J devoured his very cheesy quesadilla and fell asleep on our way to Family Night at Chikfila. Tuesday night went well because he stayed asleep.

The following day, began with a spectacular smile. He was very busy, running from place to place. He didn’t sit still and focus on his coloring sheets. J loves to draw and color ; it’s his favorite past time. Together we went to DMV office. While we waited in line I gave him the direction that he could quietly play with his toy cars on the floor. He played for a few minutes then he climbed on the metal gate divider . Taunting in a sing song voice he he snickered ” I’m not listening. I’m being disobedient.” I gently reminded him to sit down and behave because when it was time to sit down we would do reading and book reports. He turned his behavior around. We sat down and he read. J entertained a preschool aged girl by being silly and not answering my questions about what he reading seriously. About fifteen minutes later, I was called. I sat at the computer and began to have technical difficulties. I called the help line. J’s behavior escalated to crawling under the  computer desk, yanking the wires/cords to the computer and ignoring my request to sit quietly and play with toys or finish his book reports. He was given some calm down time ,however, instead he chose to raucously laugh hysterically. I sat him down in a chair next to me and he began screaming and then he jumped up several times and ran around the office. I would fetch him and he would immediately bounce back up. I became angry while redirected him back to the chair while I was chatting with tech support. J also became upset and began crying loudly. He calmed down as we walked to the car.  J commenced to crying again after I reiterated that he lost his privileges. His consequences were no TV and no toys. He had to sit in his room; he could listen or dance to music, read books or play with puzzles. He apologized for his behavior an told me he loved me .

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I didn’t think about how his behavior may have NOT been totally under his control until after he went to bed at 2 am on Thursday. He was bouncing on my bed in the wee hours of the morning when he was usually sleeping. The last time (over  a year ago) I made this mistake letting him have chow mien (wheat noodles) J spontaneously cried and had melt downs. We had to leave the Chinese restaurant early because he was so uncomfortable.

This behavior was strange; J is usually thoughtful , he had no regard to my statements of frustration-he laughed hysterically as if possessed. He is usually compliant and follows directions. I have assessed how J’s diet effects his behavior and I’m grateful to have it as a tool to minimize the struggles of autism.

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How does a gluten-free/casein-free diet for autism work?

The benefit of a gluten-free/casein-free diet is based on the theory that children with autism may have an allergy or high sensitivity to  foods containing gluten or casein.  Children with autism, according to the theory, process peptides and proteins in foods containing gluten and casein differently than other people do. Hypothetically, this difference in processing may exacerbate autistic symptoms. Some believe that the brain treats these proteins like false opiate-like chemicals. The reaction to these chemicals, they say, leads a child to act in a certain way. The idea behind the use of the diet is to reduce symptoms and improve social and cognitive behaviors and speech.