MM can read the instructions on his bottle of medicine.
He's "very advanced" according to his teacher, Miss MomOfTwins. He and two other kids in his class are in the "fluent readers" group, which means they are reading and comprehending on a first grade level or above. And he seems to have a natural grasp of some math concepts, like the reversibility of formulas and some multiplication. His only issues are those of focus and following directions when he's not interested. According to his teacher, he's right about average on that, so no worries at the moment about ADD. He does do better following directions when he gets to read the instructions himself rather than being told, so they're going to experiment with that a bit.
Yesterday he spent hours putting together a new Lego Star Wars kit we bought. Two hours working on the Hailfire Droid, a break for dinner, and another 45 minutes putting together the Spider Droid (times include sorting out the pieces). Then he drew a picture of the super droid. He did most of it himself, only asking me for help on things his hands physically couldn't do yet (like doing the last link to make the loop for the tank treads). And even then, he told me exactly how to do it.
I reminded him that last year he'd gotten a Lego Star Wars kit and he couldn't do it himself, he needed help with the directions and with putting it together and he couldn't concentrate long enough for us to do it in one go. "Isn't it amazing how much more grown-up you are?" I asked him. "I love seeing you do things you weren't able to do before. I love watching you become a bigger boy and do all the things a bigger boy can do."
He was very pleased.
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