#42 I, Isabel Scheherazade think we’re making a little progress with Arturo, our first grade buddy who so far has stayed under the desk. Thank Richard Scary and the little folding books.

by storytellerisabel

We read tons of books to Arturo. Some with mothers, some without.  Today’s read is a Richard Scary book–one of Sam and Clyde’s suggestions. It has lots of little pictures. Me, I don’t like this kind of book much–no real plot–but, it gets him to creep out a little further from under the desk so he can find Goldbug on each page.  So, way to go, Goldbug!

Mrs. Stanley suggests we make folding books with Arturo.

In the beginning he stays under but cranes his neck to see what we’re doing.

You can fold one of your own, Olivia taps his chair seat, if you get up here, Arturo buddy-boy.

Guess what? He does it. First, he looks at Olivia and me for–like–a whole minute. And then he pulls himself up on his chair.

We finally get a good look at him, too.

He’s TINY. I mean Clyde and Sam are maybe twice as tall as he is.  He has black curly hair and glasses. Little, little glasses that stay up somehow. Must be the long curvy earpieces because his nose is the stubbiest nose I’ve ever seen. And he’s got funny eyebrows. They actually meet in the middle. He’s a one-eyebrow kid!

Cute. Cute. Cute.

He watches while we fold a sample book. Then he takes a fresh sheet of paper and does it, too. We each have a paper and go step by step, waiting for him to fold or cut. He is VERY good at folding for a first grader. I don’t think I could have done this when I was his age.

Later on, at home, after she hears all about the out-from-under-the-desk success, Mimi says, You’re communicating.

I don’t think so. Olivia sniffs. He didn’t say a word!

I look at Mimi and think, Mimi is so smart.

I turn to Olivia, Olivia. He had to watch us fold, think about it, and then do it. And remember when he couldn’t do the center fold cut? Remember? He held it up to you.

Olivia gives this some thought.  So, communicating, like in sign language?

I settle in to do the math homework.

It’s a start.