Originally Posted by allgirls
Congratulations on the reading! Wow! Sophia has started to be interested in sounds of letters...she gets the concept. She has slowed down quite a bit of the academic stuff but I have noticed lately her stories are becoming quite detailed and her vocabulary has increased. She told me yesterday "I am so proud of you mommy" so sweet.
I'm noticing a major vocabulary increase in BeanBean, too. He seems to be on one of those curves again. (I tend to think of learning as curve-plateau-curve-plateau.) I know that a lot of it is simply exposure, and I'm glad that I get to talk to my mother on occasion because quite frankly using less-than-common words is not a strong suit of my ILs or even Mike. Well, that's not quite true-- Mike's speaking vocabulary has grown a great deal since he met me.
But BeanBean is hearing new words in all kinds of places, most notably from audiobooks (I occasionally listen to *gasp* actual literature!) and movies ("revolting" comes to mind) and listening to me and my mother talk.
It's absolutely hilarious to hear big words coming out of a little mouth.
He's also started a new thing recently, playing with words (making puns). For example, he asked this morning, "Are you on the internet? Or are you in your net?" This was hilarious to his Royal Mininess.
I recently learned that this is a kindergarten thing, that many children start doing this when they're 5-6 years old (I thought that it was a bit late
) so it's just one more thing to let me know that I was absolutely correct to believe that BeanBean was at a kindergarten level this year, for the most part.
|Eilonwy~Sophia will paint with a brush very carefully but will not do finger paints...ewww...she has a terrible aversion against sticky hands. She's so particular. My 11 year old still wipes her hands in her pants but Sophia will say "may I have a nakkin please" She will not wear anything if food gets on it even.
This is what makes BeanBean seem so strange to me. He really enjoys getting messy, but it seems like he does it only for the sheer joy of washing his hands/taking a shower/taking a bath afterwards.
I've met kids who hated to be messy at all and kids who revelled in it, but I've never met one like BeanBean who seems to enjoy cleaning himself up enough to get deliberately messy.
BooBah is my neat baby. When she spills something she says, "Mess! Towel please," and cleans it up.
Of course, her wall art does not fall into the category of "mess."
mamaverdi-- Need any help with picking up stitches?
I actually use two different methods, depending on how far down the stitch was dropped. If it's only a row or two, I can often do it with the needles in the amount of time that it would take me to get up and find a crochet hook.
BeanBean's swimming lesson went very well last night. The instructor has really noticed an improvement in his listening and direction-following.
He's having the time of his life.
The younger instructor told me last night that she's never had a student so quick to get out of the water who was so good *in* the water. Most of the time, when a child gets out of the water it's because they can't swim, they're uncomfortable, it's all unfamiliar to them... not so with BeanBean. He gets out because he's distractible, or he wants to talk to Mamma, or whatever but then jumps in with no trouble at all and swims like a fish.
He'd been looking forward to jumping off of the platform all week, and was obviously thrilled when that time came.
The little girl (the 5/nearly 5 year old) jumped very cautiously off of the wall, but BeanBean went sailing off of the platform like a little wild thing.
Anyway, I'm very happy, he's learning exactly what I wanted him to learn from this class and making rapid progress. He waited his turn with only two reminders.
This is very exciting to me!