I was pleased to see he was into the puzzles, and after a few minutes, he was back to where he'd been months ago. We've also been pushing forward with the animation program from JAM - "Animate with the Cartoon Network" (https://jam.com). The course has kids building an animation short from brainstorm to post production. Coming up with a basic story line and honing characters is a great way to ease back into writing. And communicating online with the instructor and mods helps him be specific in what he writes.
|A synopsis of Liam's idea. Drawing done in a coffee shop.|
|A free-form spider diagram of the second version of his Spiffyman Show Idea involving the Russian letter "Yus."|
Yesterday, Liam wanted to go to a coffee shop we've been going to since he was in a stroller. I brought his sketch book and iPad, so we could complete one of his animation assignments and post it to JAM. I smiled to see that, just like me, he loves working at a table with a drink, a pad and a pencil.
|The story has changed to include characters that are mash-ups of Mario Brothers and his original Spiffyman Show designs.|
|There will be Mario-esque spikes and "Spiffy-Thwomps!" Danny Tree has been replaced by "Spiffyguy."|
|Working on a detailed drawing of "Spiffy Thwomp."|
Today was a slow day. I've been sleeping poorly lately, due to some kind of repetitive stress injury to my shoulder. I was up and down all night long and really hit the wall around 2pm. Today was a day that I was very happy to be free of the morning rush, and the need to head back for pickup by 2:30. Liam had a piano lesson at 1 and learned a five-finger drill along with a review of "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor."
When bedtime rolls around, Liam is allowed to read with a flashlight until he's ready to sleep. He's been taking a book of Japanese Hiragana and Katakana to bed along with a Magna-doodle to write out the sounds and words. Listening to him happily reciting in Japanese, I'm grateful to be able to allow him to learn as late as he wants, and wake when he's ready.
Sometimes it takes a show a couple of seasons to find it's feet. This year feels like the third season of a show that finally clicked. We know our roles and it is going to be a very exciting season. Stay tuned.