Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happy birthday, Orange Crate Art

I remember as if it were eight years ago sitting at the fambly Dell after dinner and getting advice from my daughter Rachel about how to begin. It was Rachel who suggested this blog’s name. She and my son Ben were my guides in the world of HyperText Markup Language. Thank you, kiddos.

Now that Orange Crate Art is eight, it enjoys having the opportunity to solve problems independently. It is able to concentrate on tasks for longer periods of time and use its own resources prior to seeking adult help. It applies comprehension and vocabulary strategies to a wider variety of texts and is better able to check on and improve its comprehension as needed. Orange Crate Art applies a host of strategies when solving problems with three-digit numbers or less, recognizes a wide variety of shapes, and can readily identify patterns. It has yet to participate in dance lessons or team sports, though it occasionally dabbles in backyard play.

Thank you, reader, for reading.

[The eight-year-old language is borrowed from PBS Parents’ Child Development Tracker. I hope you agree with me that using quotation marks would destroy the effect.]

comments: 20

brownstudy said...

And it plays well with others.

Congratulations!

Adair said...

A very happy birthday, Orange Crate! Thank you for a wonderful blog.

Michael Leddy said...

Thank you, gentlemen!

count reeshard said...

So glad that OCA is still on the map. A new entry from you makes my day. Thank you, Professor Leddy.

Michael Leddy said...

You’re welcome, Count.

Sean said...

Let me add my congrats--and thanks-- Michael. I look forward to OCA each day; there's no better place to get one's dowdy on. :)

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks, Sean. There’s something dowdy coming on Monday.

Daughter Number Three said...

Eight is such a good age.

Rachel said...

Congratulations!

Elaine said...

Although I find fascination with David Foster Wallace incomprehensible, I like this blog. Always food for thought, often prompting the surfacing of buried memories--one of my go-to spots. Happy birthday, OCA!

Ben said...

Congrats!!

Michael Leddy said...

Thank you, DNT. Thank you, Elaine. Thank you, R & B.

marimann said...

Fete Anniversaire, OCA!

Mark Garvey said...

Congratulations, Michael. The blog is always a surprise and a pleasure. Eight more, at least, please.

Mark

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks, Mari, and thanks, Mark.

stefan said...

I can't improve on the great comments that have come before mine, but happy birthday OCA. Like many other writers here have hinted, your blog, Michael, is important to my mental health. Thanks!

Michael Leddy said...

Thank you, Stefan.

Gunther said...

Happy Birthday, Orange Crate Art, and many thanks to you, Michael!

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for your good wishes, Gunther. (By the way, my students liked your cartoon.)

Gunther said...

My pleasure! – I am happy to hear that!