J & I were up a bit late last night, being 9 pm, as I got home from work after his true bedtime & I realized I'd forgotten to ask Miss Cheryl to work with him to finish up signing & stuffing his Valentine's for class today.
But like a champ, he was up and at'em today all smiles for his classroom party.
I wish I knew how to fix camera phone pictures to not white out like this...
I do have to say, signing J's Valentine's with him was a learning experience for me. A coaching experience for him. Mr. M & I love all the opportunities it exposes J to, and some of those are not as delightful as diversity, woodshop, Spanish & Sign languages. Some are experiences dealing with children who face challenges of their own. And in some cases, kiddos just have bad days.
J repeatedly told me who each Valentine was NOT for in his class. I repeatedly explained why his thinking was insensitive. I mean, I get not wanting to give a Valentine to someone (child X) who never wants to play with you, but at the same time, I asked how he'd feel if that person didn't give him a Valentine.
Or, more realistic, Okay, so you are mad at child Y for hitting you the other day. I understand that. But you have to forgive that child. When J admitted he didn't want to forgive and forget, I asked how he'd feel if I chose to not forgive him for hitting me. His eyes grew huge and he said, he wouldn't like that at all.
I laughed, when he then boldly stated - Okay child Y gets a Valentine, but not Child X.
Baby steps. Baby steps.