extra-curriculars

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Last Spring, Andrew ‘graduated out’ of physical therapy. He was passing the tests you needed to not pass in order to qualify for PT…so…he didn’t need it anymore! At his last IEP meeting, his Physical Therapist, on announcing Andrew’s ‘graduation’ said “so, just keep doing all those out-of-school activities I know you do…”

Right! All those activities I have my kids in! But, wait…

I may *look* like a soccer mom….but my kids have never actually played soccer. They don’t even know what soccer is. They’ve never played any sport, they haven’t taken karate, or had trumpet lessons or anything really, except for a few months of art lessons that we had to stop because Andrew wasn’t actually participating. He was so strung out from his long school day and bus ride that he *couldn’t* really participate.

But…I have an unexpected announcement to make…

Last Spring, Andrew was given a full year’s scholarship to…BALLET CLASS!

I was certainly shocked by this news. Andrew has never really struck me as *graceful*. He’s pretty rough and tumble…and has the scraped knees and bruised legs to prove it. But, a ballet company spent the winter working with the second graders in his school, and when all was said and done, a few kids walked away with scholarships. And Andrew, shock of all shocks, was one of them.

And so, what the heck? Free ballet lessons! We’re going to go for it! Today I bought the shoes and pants he needs and tomorrow we begin. This could end up being really good for him. I hope it works out!

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We may not do soccer and karate, but we do LOTS of hiking and exploring. So much so, that last winter our kids were begging us for more time at home so they could play with their toys. Weird kids! :) So, we obliged. This scrapbook page documents one of those days at home.


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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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6 Responses to extra-curriculars

  1. Cathy says:

    I love these posts about the boys. I can’t wait to read about the ballet classes (hopefully with pictures…) Does Andrew like to dance?

    • Robyn says:

      Andrew does like to dance. Bu the hook for him with ballet is the dance symbols they post to indicate what movement to make. There’s like a ballet-alphabet…and he LOVES knowing how to read it. It ties in to his love of codes. Not sure that this class will be that much about that…but we’ll see!

  2. I see ballet as a bit like yoga, and I think the stretching and music will be awesome for Andrew. I also think there’s great power in synchronized movements in a group (again, like a yoga class). Can’t wait to hear more about it. (Love the layout!)

  3. Loralee says:

    So awesome. We are kind of the same… Th boys are so tired when we ge home, the just want to play with their blocks and Legos. But, they LOVE to dance! I’ve thought about it, but they still want nothing to do with something organized. Keep me posted! I hope it goes well!

  4. Ruth says:

    Will be interested to hear how the ballet classes go. There may well be something in it; the majority of Team GB’s London 2012 medal winning male gymnastics squad are either ASD of ADHD.
    I keep our weekends pretty full; I believe that The Boy Child copes better when we are out and about doing stuff.

    • Robyn says:

      That’s so interesting about the GB’s gymnastics team! I had no idea that there was a link there…though now that you point that out, it sort of makes sense…

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