I know that we're getting close to Zoo Boy being ready for 2nd because of the things I've been seeing from him lately. Developmental things, that seem to come out of nowhere. Like his sudden interest in writing (here he is working on some sort of record book having to do with his Monsterology book). He's been picking up a pencil on his own quite a bit lately, whereas previously, he'd just avoid anything to do with writing if he could.
Spontaneous drawing is another new development. Unlike his brother, he's never been interested in doodling and drawing. But suddenly it's as likely to find him drawing as it is J. Here's a drawing of an original mythological creature that he invented.
He's also maturing in other ways. He's being more cooperative (which means he's only uncooperative most of the time rather than all the time), he's posing and smiling nicely for picture-taking (which is just plain shocking, actually), he's spending more nights in his own bed (and more time in his own bed before he eventually crawls into our bed), and his pull-ups have been dry upon waking in the mornings about 90% of the time (although he's not willing to give them up yet, and I'm certainly not pushing him!).
He still wants to be immersed in pretend play all day. This has caused a bit of strife with his brother, because J has moved on from there (again, more on him in a different post) and is not willing to play make-believe all day anymore. It's meant that I've been on the lookout for other appropriate playmates for him. Fortunately, they abound at our Monday Homeschool Classes, which started up our Winter Session today, so he'll have 4 1/2 hours of all the imaginative play he can handle every Monday pretty much for the rest of the school year. Hooray for that! Of course, he doesn't want to take any actual classes. But that's OK, for him, finding playmates definitely take priority, he's already going to be technically 1/2 year academically ahead of other kids his age. (Given that he's starting 2nd grade now, and would still be in the middle of 1st if he was in the public school system.)
The only place I can really say he's behind is with the sensory integration stuff. He's still highly resistant to me doing anything with him at home, although I've been sneaking in some activities in the name of games and races and exercise. I'm also setting up formal Occupational Therapy sessions for him again (and trying desperately to arrange for Speech too), so I'll have a professional to give me feedback on where he's in need of more work. I'm happy with what I have been able to get him to work on, but I'm also well aware of what I'm missing.
So, that's the boy in a nutshell! A few more notes: He says he's going to be an Ecologist when he grows up, because he likes animals so much. He wants a bunny (which I've promised him he can have when J gets his puppy later this year). He lost his 3rd tooth this past weekend. He's worried about turning 7 (although he knows that he survived turning 6, which he was also worried about, so figures he'll probably survive 7 too). His best friend is his brother, and he already knows who he wants to marry (although I won't betray that confidence here -- but she's several years his senior, so he's aiming high!).