Once in a while, I get the breath knocked out of me by something I see that could easily be missed.
This was one of those moments.
J was working on some written spelling activities and asked to go out to the picnic table to complete them. I needed a few minutes to myself anyway, so I sent him out with paper and pencil in hand. This window is looking out onto our patio from our kitchen table. I did my work downstairs and came back up to check on him maybe 15 minutes later and this is what I saw. He hadn't moved. He was doing the assignment. Working without direct supervision--oh man. Might as well be leaping small buildings in a single bound!
He sat out there for about 40 minutes total, calmly doing his work and talking to G. G would run off to swing ordig every few minutes and then return. I can't tell you what a miracle it is for J to sit and focus for an extended period of time and actually make progress on an assignment without getting distracted! I couldn't stop watching. I so desperately wanted to go out and check on his progress but I didn't want to break in on him...so I watched from the window.