The Monster’s started his third year of ‘real’ Hebrew school this week.
When I was… well, when i was closer to R’s age than the Monster’s, I started Hebrew school – first once a week, and then thrice a week as I got to third grade. The goal was to make sure that I arrived at my Bar Mitzvah armed with basic knowledge of ritual, Jewish history, and Hebrew, and was able to function in a synagogue as I got older.
And that’s where the questions about the Monster and Hebrew school really intersect. Continue reading →
Repeat this mantra – “non-verbal does not mean mute”.
I’m constantly surprised at how folks comment on how ‘verbal’ the Monster is, without understanding that while he can say a great deal, he doesn’t communicate a lot. He does have words, but they’re often hard to pull from him to get at the crux of what he wants at any given moment. Like a lot of parents, we frequently grumble about how we wish he’d just tell us what he wants.
One of the Monster’s talents we’ve noticed, a long time ago, is his ability to remember and reproduce music.
At one point, we’d investigated music therapy for him, but discontinued it when his schedule got more pressing and it didn’t seem to be having an effect. But throughout, we’ve continued to notice that he has little… tunes caught in his head. Continue reading →