|This was taken this weekend when he was watching The Young Indiana Jones.|
Mica's doing great!
|This was hung up in the hallway at school. It's not really cute, but certainly shows what his interests are.|
He actually acts as a teacher's helper.
Mica likes to teach people things. He's great at teaching kids with a lower rank in Jiu-Jitsu to. I have noticed he's been better about helping at home lately. I just wish he'd take more initiative with helping at home. Most kids his age do not jump at doing work.
Mica's in 3rd grade. He's in a gifted program, and reads at a late 5th grade reading level.
Being gifted isn't always what it is cracked up to be. I have to watch for reading content when we pick out books. I also have to get on him about not bragging about being in that gifted program.
I was in the special classes to growing up, and it wasn't for being smart. I needed extra help. Things didn't click for me. All of my friends were in the gifted, smart kid club, and not one of them bragged about it, or belittled me because I wasn't.
The key thing for us is to keep Mica's mind busy.
Every 2 to 3 weeks we go to the library to get a handful of books. He picks out most of what he wants. I pick out one biography book about someone I want him to learn about, or a classic book. Once it was Houdini, another time it was Anne Frank, then Helen Keller, and Ben Franklin. We've gotten Charlotte's Web, Treasure Island, and more. You get the point.
Mica has to work at math, but he's doing great with it according to his teacher.
He's the opposite of me: He loves P.E., Science, and Social Studies. I liked Art, Music, and English when I was a kid.
I do worry with both of my kids and friends.
Mica has good friends, but they are from different parts of the world. One is from Jamaica and another is from Ethiopia. They are super nice. I have no problem with the kids he hangs around with.
He did have solid friends in Kindergarten and 1st grade that were kind of pushed aside when he entered 2nd grade. All the sudden in 2nd grade Mica's good friends were in another class. His good friends he had before were history. I don't know if this is a big deal, or not? I guess it is to me because once I had a good friend I held on to them. I encourage Mica to play with both sets of friends. There's nothing wrong with his new friends, but I dislike how he doesn't include his old friends. He is young, and is a boy. Maybe Daddy is right, I'm making too big of a deal with this. What do you think?