|Orion chills with Mom/Heather on the grass.|
Yes, her help certainly would make it easier on me, however, Orion would think fruit just pops up as ready-to-eat slices on a plate in front of him.
Orion picks up information through touch via other parts of his body about what's going on in his environment. Even as he sits calmly on my lap, he's feeling my arms moving purposely as I sign. When he decides to follow my arms to the appearple, he can feel the top of the knife as I push it down. I love it when Orion accepts my invitation for his hands to ride on top of my hands (a.k.a. "Hand-Under-Hand" as I work. It's even better when he decides to do it himself.
Oh, yes, I DO worry about cutting him!! I would avoid letting a sighted 4 year-old do the exact same thing, it is not safe. A sighted 4 year-old would see me cutting the fruit and learn the function of the knife. In Orion's case, he's totally deafblind and learns mainly through his sense of touch. By letting him touch the knife he almost understands the knife's function and that the fruit is whole at first before I peel, which is safer with a peeler, and then slice it.
I fully agree and understand when I hear at workshops that we need to let our kids fall. This applies to all kids, let's call it universal learning! Now, we definitely will intervene if it may cause serious injury, for example, top of the stairs, or the unprotected edge of a drop and we suspect our child or individual doesn't know what's ahead.
In fact, Orion started to get himself up into a sitting position independently the day after no one was there to catch him as he leaned back from practicing sitting upright for longer periods of time.
|Hey, there's hay on your hands and knees, Orion.|
And now for the messy. Tonight, Orion was brought out to join us around our fire pit for roasted marshmallows. He felt the empty prongs of the metal roasting stick, ate a marshmallow straight out of the bag and felt me put one on the stick and it disappeared from his touch. I had one already slow-roasting (I don't like my marshmallows burnt!) so I brought it to Orion's hands where he felt the warm stick toward the roasted mallow. He took a few bites and decided he didn't want the sticky marshmallow and pushed it away. He ended up with a sticky mess on his hands and around his mouth BUT he was checking out how sticky his hands were, then his knees, then his feet, then the grass... He looked like the son of scarecrow reaching puberty with grass on his feet, knees hands and a little on his cheek. It was messy, yep, but he was experiencing and learning more about different textures under the pleasant smell of a small campfire with his mom.
I figure with the danger and the mess, Orion will know that fruits can be peeled and cut. He will know s'mores, the different states of
As for the the origin of the peapprle, we will create direct learning opportunities for Orion to connect the fruit to the twig, and the twig was on the branch, and the branch was on the... by finding a tree with fruit in it and have him pick it off. We will also need to plant a seed in the dirt, water it, feel it sprout out of the soil, then visit it often as it grows.
Orion will will one day 100% understand knives, after his first knife accident; he will 100% understand why something is dangerous and hurts. *shudder* These are the learning experiences I will not create, I will do all I can to allow him to explore and learn enough and not get hurt.
I can see it in Orion's face, he is happier and his life is so much richer with each and every opportunity for him to reach out and experience whatever situation or setting he is in. We want to show Orion, this is what Life has to offer and let him seize it, Orion-style.
Orion and the rest of us enjoyed the pearapplepearwhateverbecauseitwassogood!
|Skyler and Anastasia discuss the game of tag.|
|Skyler ran around in the night with a light under his shirt like Iron Man, with holiday lights in the background.|
|Sticky boy next to the fire pit.|