G wanted to make a card for his friend Conner. G's first day of school brought news from G that he'd made a new best friend, but I learned that it was not so. It was simply another made up idea. G probably told me because he knew/sensed that I wanted him to have a friend so much. In reality, he plays alone, just contentedly does his own thing. I volunteer often, and go to lunch and recess with him, so I get a good idea of his social skills in addition to teacher/aide reports. He tolerates the other students, but spontaneous communication is slim to none.
Conner is his only friend from school. He occasionally sits with him at lunch and runs around with him at recess. He was in G's special needs preschool class for 1.5 years. We've done many social activities together and they were the highest functioning students in their class. Conner is in the other kindergarten class, which makes me sad. I so wish he had a friend, but like I said, much of that is my projection upon him. But, he does talk/ask about his friends and make cards for them and ask to have play dates. He needs guided friendships that are facilitated by a teacher or mom. I'll have to work on that and find a friend in his class to see socially.
G asked me how to spell some words for his card. I learned a long time ago with N and M to write out their message and let them copy it at their own pace. Otherwise I'd be spelling all day. Particularly with my perfectionist N. Happy to say that N's a primo speller now.
G's message (he smashed all the words together):
I know that you like me so much
So I made you a card
Love love love it!
...and what says Thanksgiving better than flowers and a star? teehee