There is a book series out for elementary kids called Diary of a Whimpy Kid that is cute and very readable. Wylie has been engrossed and was close to finishing it yesterday. This birthed the following exchange:
Wylie: "Mom, I want to do a scrapbook of my life--you know--with pictures and stuff".
Me: "Ok, I have a scrapbook upstairs--I think--that you can use". I replied to him as I was tidying up dishes in the kitchen and getting ready to sit down for the first time on Tuesday to relax a little.
Wylie: "Can you get it now?"
I realized, resistence was futile.
A reformed Creative Memories addict, of course I had scrapbooks upstairs he could use (along with 100s of dollars of other scrapbooking "stuff" that I had to have and haven't used in over 3 years....) Finally, I found a scrapbook I purchased for the boys hoping one day they might want to make their own book. See? How prophetic I was???
Once I got out the materials and supplies, Wylie began his "diary" in earnest. He worked on layouts, cutting pictures, writing narratives, drawing pictures, recalling trips, holidays, school mates....he was "focused". I had to cut him off at 9:30!
Here's five things I love about this recent development:
- Wylie was inspired by something he read
- Wylie wanted to create something using his own imagination and ability
- Wylie drew pictures and wrote sentences for something other than required homework assignments
- Wylie used scissors (a hat tip to his years of Occupational Therapy) without complaining
- Wylie did not play a video game or watch a show on Tuesday after swim--he literally, read a book, listened to music, and "scrapped" until bedtime....
Ladies and Gentlemen....it's the dawn of a new CTI era....
Stay tuned (and pass those die-cuts over here.....)