Elias started his new class with his typical peers this last week. I knew he would do well but I was still nervous. I watched him crawl onto the red carpet square into the mix of his new friends. No one noticed him, they were all looking up, fascinated by the colorful shapes that danced across screen. Elias didn't skip a beat, "Pentagon, oh pentagon!" Elias' excitement for the pentagon had all his classmates turning their heads. I think they were trying to figure out why he was so excited about shapes. I stood in the back of the classroom and laughed. I had no idea he knew what a pentagon was!
The next day when I picked Elias up from school, I received another good report. "Elias led the whole class in Zoo phonics! They all loved his excitement for the alphabet and animals." When his teacher told me this I was not surprised, animals are Elias' expertise. And if those kids were lucky they even got a demonstration of how each animal crawls, hops, or squirms.
I'm so proud of Elias. Every day he shows me that he is capable to learn what everyone else is learning. The world is fascinating to him. His mind should not be underestimated, but celebrated and given opportunities. I think Elias will always remind others around him that there is so much to be celebrated, even with pentagons and ABC's.