Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Spotlight on Nina and Luke: Marmalade and Manners

We recently began reading A Bear Called Paddington as our family read aloud.  No sooner were we through the first chapter than were Luke and Nina asking about marmalade.  So, during "just Mommy and Nina" time the other day, we picked up some apricot marmalade for breakfast.

Thus it was that yesterday, at just a day shy of five years and four months old and at exactly six years and ten months old, Nina and Luke had their first taste of marmalade.

Nina chose hers straight up on toast.

Luke surprised me by mixing almond butter and marmalade together to make a sandwich.  (He often does not like mixed foods.)

Both got so into their treat breakfast of chocolate almond milk, toast and marmalade that, while I was reading the next chapter of A Bear Called Paddington, they forgot their table manners.

Luckily, a set of knock-knock jokes was all I needed to alert them to their errors.

Table Manners Knock-Knock Jokes

Whose there?
Noel who?
No elbows on the table.

Whose there?
Annie who?
A knee (or two) is at the table and does not belong there.
We learned the first of these jokes from a homeschool friend of ours whose daughter politely used it during Christmastime to correct her grandmother's table manners.  The second is one we made up since our children put their knees up against the table all too often.

Since we have been enjoying these jokes for a while now, we usually only need to begin repeating one joke, the other, or both before body positions are corrected.

SPD Connection

I realize that having a hood on at the table is not exactly mannerly.  However, we pick our focuses here with an understanding of sensory needs in mind. 

Luke has always had a difficult time with behavior around the change of seasons.  As the weather has cooled over the past few days, I have noticed a series of mild, but apparent, sensory integration issues, impulsive actions and poor choices.  So, I have been trying to minimize additional catalysts for trouble.

Now that it is getting chillier out, Luke has been choosing to wear his hoody sweatshirt daily.  However, when the hood is down on it, it irritates him.  For although he is not as tactilely defensive as he used to be, he still has some tactile quirks.  And, like many SPD kids, some of these have to do with collars, tags, the sensation of air on skin, etc.  Thus, the hood.  For now, we are overlooking it.  Once we get through the seasonal change, we just may have to think of a new knock-knock joke!

For the Record 

Though not a sensory kid, Jack chose to use his marmalade and toast as much as a meal as he did as a sensory experience.  Much like Paddington Bear and his sticky bun, Jack needed a good cleaning by the time his marmalade and toast was done.  Indeed, his shirt, face and hands were so covered, our camera had to run for cover not long after the above shot was taken.

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Cris said...

I like the funny side you have found of teaching good manners at the table. It is another example of your positive attitude towards teaching, homeschooling and, in general, raising your children. And, fortunately, it is contagious...

martianne said...

Thank you, Cris. I truly hope that my positive attitude is more contagious than my negative and/or critical on, b/c unfortunately, that side rears its ugly head at times, too. Luckily, not that often.


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