Taekwondo practice

A long overdue update

Almost four months ago, I last wrote about Matt and his autism and his progress and school. At the time there was 15 days remaining in fifth grade and I could not wait to see his final report card. His first full year of complete immersion into a mainstream classroom was coming to an end…

Matt at McDonalds

Turning the corner on basic math

Not long ago I Google’d What age should kids stop counting on their fingers? At the time, I was becoming concerned – although maybe panicked is a better word – that my fifth grade son wasn’t getting it; that even the simplest of problems – 6 plus 3 for example – often required him to…

Report card and grades

First quarter report card

A couple of days ago, my wife and I met with our son’s teacher for a parent-teacher conference. Like all of these meetings, we reviewed some of his in-class work, discussed the good grades (and the bad), his progress, his attitude, his class participation and so on. After complimenting my son – who has autism…

Learning digital animation with Scratch

Day one of grade five

As I walked through the door after a typical, grinding, hot commute, my wife approached me. After the usual, “Hi honey! How was your day?” small-talk, she paused and whispered: “Are you ready to cry?” That’s rarely a good sign so I mentally braced myself for whatever she had to say. Instead, she showed me…