To begin, two weeks ago Lila was nominated to receive an award for being knowledgeable. Lila does not do well in large crowds, gets very overwhelmed very quickly, and does not know how to handle it when she feels uncomfortable. I asked her if she would like to go back to school (the ceremony was at 1:45 p.m. and she naps in the afternoons), and explained what an "awards ceremony" means. I had to address the noise that would be part of the assembly, and that when they were cheering loudly, as she walked up to the stage, it was because she is so smart and they are all so proud of her. I also said that it would be great if she cheered for the other kids, as they are getting awards for being knowledgeable as well. So, after all of this talk, she really wanted to attend. Off we went, she asked lots of questions in the car, but was excited so long as she didn't have to sing (the last assembly was with the school chorus/choir, so she wanted to make it very well known that she did not want to sing :-)...hahah!
We arrived an waited for all of the kids to file in. As they all got settled, the chorus teacher taught them all a school cheer to do during the assembly....(two claps)...HUFFAKER...(two claps)....ROCKSTARS! After going through the cheer a few times, they began to call the names of the award winners.