DJ is still into building things. I decided we needed another bookshelf in their school area. While shopping for a cheap one that I wouldn't have to put together,(by the way DJ did not get his love for buliding things from me:) DJ was listening to me talking to myself out loud during the process of elimination. "No not this one I will have to put it together, etc. DJ volunteered to put one together, I couldn't say No! or You can't do it! I purchased the bookshelf and this is what happened.
When I first saw the assortment of hardware the first question that came to my mind is How well is his sorting skills?
Can he follow step by step directions?
This was a struggle at first for him. What he did was began the process of going back to reading the directions out loud.
Can you apply other concepts to the task on hand?
How far will you push yourself before becoming frustrated?
Admiring his work!! The other bookshelf pictured is the one he put together the night before that didn't require any tools.
In an effort to keep this post short I will not share all of the pictures I took during this process. As you can see the bookshelf does have some mistakes. I wasn't about to point this out to my seven year old son who is so proud of his work. He tells everybody who will listen how he put this bookshelf together. I am so glad I purchased this bookshelf! I got to learn a whole lot about DJ that will help him to become even a better thinker and doer.
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