Something very exciting happened while off track, and it is that Matthew learned to tie his shoelaces. He got a new pair of shoes recently, which had laces. I was determined that he learn this skill before going back on track. What kindergarten teacher has the time or energy to retie shoes throughout the day? It had to be done. I anticipated it requiring a lot of time and instruction. But this boy picked it up quickly. He spent time working on it all by himself, and can even double knot them. He's pretty proud of himself, and well he should be.