Anyway...thanks for the chance to share with people who will just be happy with whatever I say and not feel judged by it.
DD1 (age 4.5): in the last month has started to read, tell time, mentally multiply and divide, and draws the most detailed pictures. Actually, she's been drawing pictures like that for a long time. Lately she draws things like an airplane flying past a power plant, from the front view. So, you see the wings in front of the building and it's just packed with detail. She draws houses with the people inside sitting at a table eating...and then she colors the wall on top of her careful drawing. Because, you know, when you are walking down the street and look at a house, you see the wall, but we all know what's going on INSIDE the house. She always draws dirt under the grass. The other day she put tomatoes in the dirt. The other stuff she is doing I think is neat, but the details in her pictures blow me away. Oh, she's started writing letters to people, too. I'm not sure how/when she learned all her letters and what sounds they make and how to write them, but she's been writing these long letters to people and wanting me to mail them. Like, "Dear x, I hope you feel better from loosing your tooth. Did it hurt? Where is it? I would like to see it. I want to go to your house and play with you. Love, y"
DS1 (age 2.5) Gave me a wooden letter from the toy pile tonight and told me it was an "a". When I said, "A for..." He said Apple. I prompted him on a few words, and then I said, "A for..." again and he said "Airplane"! He was very pleased with himself. He acts like he can't read at all, but he fills in words for his sister sometimes, and acts VERY proud of himself. He counts to about 10(which doesn't seem very high to me, actually), and tells stories, complete with feelings. He sees pictures in things, and tells jokes ALL the time.
DD2 (8.5 months): is taking about 5 steps at a time, climbs up everything, says cat, dog, giraffe, hi, all done, down, flip, go, ball, jump, out, bath, mama (and more?), and seems to understand how her world is put together. Like, she will wake up from a nap on the floor in the bedroom and will crawl to the door, put her hand in the crack, open it, and come find me. Plays in and out games, tries to put pieces of toys together (like legos, and can do it sometimes), also takes things apart (like markers...and then writes with it!), chases and loves to be chased, hides...
Thanks for listening...
"If you keep doing the same things you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results you've always gotten."
she's also interested in spelling again but still not interested in reading anymore (only being read to). and she's now capable of doing simple math problems in her head.
We were at a restaurant having dinner and they had the University of Louisville cardinal mascot on the wall. DS loves this mascot and calls him "Louie Cardinal." He frequently comments that the cardinal has a "mad face." Tonight, though, he said, "Louie Cardinal is a silly bird. His teeth are made of a leaf."
Look at it:
It's wild to me the connections and visual nuances his brain picks up.
Fun thread... It is so cool to hear about everyone's kid. My DS (10) won the concerto competition at his youth orchestra (of which he is the very youngest member). DH called me right after his audition and told me he played in a way that would make a grown man weep (it was a slow movement). He also got a perfect score on the first math olympiad contest.
Our exciting news: My Boobah learned to tie her own shoes yesterday! : THRH showed her, she had been watching very carefully for a few days and working at it and yesterday, she finally managed it. She's the first of my kids to learn to tie shoes, and she is SO pleased with herself.
So we phoned them, and he only wanted to sing " Bananaphone" because that is what his brother is singing at his school Christmas concert. I got him started on "Old Macdonald", and this is what he sang: "Old Macdonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O And on his farm he had no bananas E-I-E-I-O" He started laughing and refused to sing the rest of the song.
I am also sure he is now comprehending the simple chapter books that ds1 is bringing home from the school library, like Magic Treehouse and Mona the Vampire.
I was also laughing because our teenage babysitter was telling ds1 (5) last week, "You would really like our Socials 9 class, Andrew. We're learning about Mesopotamia and Greece right now."
Ds1 also seems to have "caught up" in K -- he now recognizes his letters and numbers (which we never worked on really, just if he chose number or letter books) and he's now printing his name ( for OT's and patient K teachers) and following the classroom routines without freaking out. I can tell he's settling in because when we went to the library this week he wanted Eyewitness books about space and airplanes again, not just Hardy boys graphic novels, and he's started building "robots" out of pipe cleaners and paper and tape again.
Do they really regurgitate it, though? This summer I had some fun with my new camera and the bees in the backyard, and it seemed that they collected the nectar on their back legs (in what looked like earwax clumps). I do totally think that Thanksgiving story is awesome, and I did not research the bees, I'm just saying what I saw this summer doesn't jibe with that.
Also: she can jump! This girl is finally getting air instead of just sort of skipping!
And at the end of the holiday parade at Disneyland she wept because it was not Santa at the end but "a guy in a costume." She's been able to distinguish between real and pretend for a good year I guess, but it's especially apparent at DL (she declares when rides or costumed characters or whatever are all just pretend) and the holidays (for some reason the book at storytime last week was the Polar Express and she started exclaiming incredulously about "flying reindeer?!" and shaking her head. I hushed her before she could disabuse the 40 other little kids. Good thing she has her own rich imaginative life.
And at the end of the holiday parade at Disneyland she wept because it was not Santa at the end but "a guy in a costume."
My 5yo is making huge leaps with reading and it's so awesome to see! He started reading solidly at 4, and has really not had any instruction. He sometimes plays Starfall (but mostly not the phonics parts), and we talk about some phonics rules as they come up, but, it's definitely not my teaching him. The other day, he was in his bed reading, "Are We There Yet?," which has an AR level of 4.1. I figured he was just looking at it, but realized he was reading the words. I had him read some to me and was blown away! To be totally realistic, he may not have read the *whole* book and I don't mean he's absolutely reading at a 4th grade level or anything, but it was very cool to see him working at and *succeeding* with something at that level. He's at that point where he pops up with words on signs while we're driving around - but words much more challenging that I knew he could read. this stage!
We had several people over for Thanksgiving dinner, and they were all taken with my 2yo who was playing with his name letter puzzle. They were so impressed that he'd say the letters after they said them, etc. And I was shaking my head, chuckling, because he has known the full alphabet for a long time! He recognizes all of the letters, and recognizes his name (5 letters) as being his name. My mom thinks he could read before he turns 3, but I don't know about that yet. He is VERY interested in letters, though.
Thanksgiving night, my 5yo was in the kitchen with my MIL, who later reported that he was very interested in the anatomy of the turkey/skeleton/etc. I couldn't figure out how to explain to her that he's interested in EVERYTHING - bones, skeletons, space, planets, geography, chemistry, math, reading, ALL of it. So, of course he wants to see the turkey up close and is disappointed that he can't reach in the cavity and touch the ribs and spine!
They are so much fun!
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
He said "the fish farm" was his favorite thing from the trip. It ranked above mini-golf, the arcade, the indoor water park, and Silver Dollar City.
I got a bit of an odd look in the grocery the other day when he was sitting in the cart yelling "B say BUHHHH!" at the top of his lungs.
He has started using "because" ("peecuz") and "actually" ("acksh-wee") when he talks. So adorable!
grateful mother to DD, 1/04, and DS, 2/08
Representational art? Bah. Why bother when one can write exciting letters instead? (loraxc, I can identify with you!)
Now yesterday he asks "Are you pregnant yet?" I reply "No not yet" He says "So how does that work? Does Daddy just kiss you a lot? Because he kisses you all of the time and I figured you would be pregnant by now?!"
Ah yes....and what exactly to say to that. I just told him that we are still trying and he can be the first to know!
We attended the Macy's parade and DS's favorite part was the Earth balloon that he could point out NZ on(that's where we are going next weekend for a month long vacation) I think it's so different that he shows no major excitement over cartoon characters or such. He mainly likes real life things. He loved the Broadway shows, but can't/won't sit through an hour long cartoon...funny
I am hoping that we move somewhere else so we can check into schools before next school year. Homeschooling is fine with me but he really wants that social aspect...though only with kids twice his age? Is that the norm?
I would love to find a good Montessori school and DH said if we are staying here for next year we can just move further towards Syracuse so we both have equal commutes for work/school! That will be really awesome for us all I think! I would love to teach there as well but with military it is so hard to get somewhere and stay there
Hope everyone is doing well and has lots of fun plans for the holidays!!
He can now count to 4, so it's "one, two, free, foh... ummmmmmmm.... lot!" and on to the next row "one, two, free, foh..." He's also learning words by leaps and bounds, and is newly into puzzles at last.
DD (5 1/2) is very into art, as usual, but now it's going to the museum and finding perspective examples, drawing in perspective, horizon lines, vanishing point, what abstract means, why cubists drew that way, etc. Artist DH is She's also reading pretty clearly, but is resistant to doing it.
I will never forget when Bean told me "That's a guy in a costume!" for the first time. We were in The Mall of America and in one of the restaurants, the characters from Peanuts come visit periodically. I had told Bean that Snoopy was a dog, but the next day when he actually saw Snoopy he laughed at me and said, "Don't be silly, mama! That's not a dog, it's a guy in a costume!" Then he got up and ran to hug Snoopy. Knowing it was a guy in a costume apparently didn't make it any less fun for Bean.
DS "mom what does (I can't even begin to imagine how to spell it) mean?"
DS "what does (I can't even begin to imagine how to spell it) mean?
Me "I don't know honey, what do you think it means?"
DS "It means a helicopter-car."
(We were playing legos and I had built a helicopter with wheels.)
Ditto. "Actually" is old news now, but still cute. We've moved on to the cuteness of "delicious," "delightful," "beautiful," "fabulous," and "wonderful."
"Tragically, I'm feeling over-encumbered."
Mountain mama to two great kids and two great grown-ups
Oh, and the other day I caught her balancing on one foot and I swear she's trying to do a somersault but I sure hope that's my imagination! Today was also the first day she was diaper free and we had no accidents!