|One super cool cutie (and Eric isn't so bad, either)|
While before I have always described Benjamin as easy-going, he has hit more obstacles this year. His first grade class isn't the same amazing group that he had in kindergarten, and while we had heard that his teacher is one of the best, she seems somewhat lackluster. The year started with mixed reports- Benjamin hated school, hated homework, and had no friends (his reports); and that he was having trouble sitting still and paying attention (his teacher's reports). At our most recent conference, we were told that he has matured over the year, and is better at paying attention, but he still doesn't love school the way that I wish he would. He says he is "bored," and I do wonder if he finds the slow pace of his class frustrating. We decided that we will get him tested to see if he qualifies for the gifted & talented program. Socially he doesn't seem as adept as his brother, or some other 1st graders. It all seems age-appropriate, but his social skills are not as advanced as his academic skills.
|Benjamin doing his 2 lines in the 1st grade musical.|
|Benjamin's hostage note|
|Practicing writing some of the new words he is learning at school|
|Benjamin with Blankie as a hat. He is like an orangutan with his blanket.|
Benjamin does seem to have some anxiety around strange/new situations. After one visit to the planetarium (where he declared it "too loud"), he would panic anytime we would talk about going back. The planetarium is really not that loud, but it seemed like he was somewhat troubled by the existential concepts presented. There have been other situations where he begins to panic and doesn't want to try something new, but often enjoys himself once he gives it a try.
Benjamin is often the odd one out among the siblings- Asher and Charlotte are more likely to play and engage with each other than they are with him. Most of the time this doesn't seem to bother him, but occasionally Charlotte will push him away or be hurtful, and then he comes to me with tears in his eyes. Although he often seems unaffected by what goes on around him, he does seem to be a sensitive person, and is more aware than I usually give him credit for.
|After his haircut at the barber shop. I can't get his hair to look nearly as nice.|