Halloween 2009

Halloween began this year with Kyle’s school parties on Thursday. Since he is in the diagnostic program, he had two parties, one with his morning class and one with his afternoon class. He also marched in two parades.

While we were waiting for the parade to start, Ian had some fun with some other kids his age:

Only 2 years old, and already chasing cheerleaders around...

Only 2 years old, and already chasing cheerleaders around...

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The afternoon parade included all grades, so it went on for quite a while. Kyle proudly marched along in the beautiful Harry Potter robes mommy had made for him.

Kyle (Harry Potter) with his aide

Kyle (Harry Potter) with his aide

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On Saturday (Halloween), we went over to the high school, where they had games, prizes and bounce houses for the kids to play in. Later in the afternoon, we went out for trick-or-treating, and came back with a ginormous bag of candy.

Wand at the ready, in case any monsters show up

Wand at the ready, in case any monsters show up

LUMOS!

LUMOS!

Ka-CHOW!!

Ka-CHOW!!

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Look out! Behind you!

Look out! Behind you!

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Kyle es go to be Hre Pottr

Due to his CP and resulting difficulties with writing, Kyle was recently provided with a portable word processing device by his school. He still practices handwriting, but this device allows him to type to practice spelling and to do other projects that aren’t specifically focused on writing. The device has a small screen and a full size typewriter, and allows text to be entered and then printed out to any printer.

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This afternoon when Katra picked up Kyle from school, his aide told her there was a surprise for us in his backpack. This is what she found:

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Kyle is going to be Harry Potter. (for Halloween)

The note from his teacher reads, “He was not prompted. He came up w/ this sentence on his own. Kyle typed this on his own. Barb sounded out the words to him and he spelled them.” And there’s another note next to “Pottr” saying, “he knew this word needed two t’s.”

We were thrilled by this, to say the least. Seemingly out of the blue, Kyle starts spelling words from a sentence he made up himself. It may not seem like much, especially considering the spelling, but this is how they start teaching writing and spelling in our school district. The focus is on identifying the sounds that make up words and the letters associated with those sounds, and not so much on spelling every word correctly. They learn spelling for a group of words each month, and are expected to spell those words correctly, but for other words they are only expected to find an approximation.

Kyle was able to break up those words, identify the letters that made the sounds, and type them all into his computer. What makes this so amazing to us is that we have never seen Kyle do anything like this before. He has known all of his letters since he was 3 years old, but has never really known how to spell anything other than his name and a few other words.

Kyle has done a lot of things to amaze us and make us proud, but this one has to be at the top of my list. Way to go, Kyle!

Kuipers Farm

Today we went out to Kuipers Farm, which is about 30 minutes northwest of here. We visited all the attractions, went on a hayride, then bought a pumpkin and some apples.

The leaves were just beginning to change this weekend

The leaves were just beginning to change this weekend

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Entrance to the Maize Maze

Entrance to the Maize Maze

Just before we became hopelessly lost in the corn maze

Just before we became hopelessly lost in the corn maze

What's better than a tractor tire? A MOUNTAIN of tractor tires!

What's better than a tractor tire? A MOUNTAIN of tractor tires!

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A pumpkin totem pole. A few of the pumpkins weren't looking so good anymore

A pumpkin totem pole. A few of the pumpkins weren't looking so good anymore

Ian picking some play apples. They were held on with velcro, just like the real thing.

Ian picking some play apples. They were held on with velcro, just like the real thing.

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Kyle on the bounce pillow

Kyle on the bounce pillow

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All abord!

All abord!

The choo-choo train engineer

The choo-choo train engineer

Kyle rides the tire horse

Kyle rides the tire horse

I've heard of sand castles, but... corn castles?

I've heard of sand castles, but... corn castles?

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Through the cornstalk cavern

Through the cornstalk cavern

That well-known farm work animal, the peacock.

That well-known farm work animal, the peacock.

Kyle pumps some water while I wash our pumpkin

Kyle pumps some water while I wash our pumpkin

Look out! It's a giant robotic farmer!!

Look out! It's a giant robotic farmer!!

Relaxing in the cafe while we wait for our lunch

Relaxing in the cafe while we wait for our lunch