Good thing I think it through

We have a plastic drawer system that I keep some of the free play or sensory tray supplies in. Luckily I thought it through to put scissors in top drawer and plastic dinosaurs, bugs, and that in the bottom drawer. Miss G today figured out how to open the drawer. She then proceeded to taste test everything.

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She had fun and no tears were involved. 🙂

C week

We are midway through the letter C. Both boys know the phonics of most of the letters due to Letter Factory DVD. They have now requested it more than any Disney movie or cartoon-which is all the better as they learn while watching it. But back to the letter C. We have done more small lessons this week to incorporate more books and activities. We started with the iconic Hungry Caterpillar. After I read the book, the boys glued the picture cutouts I had for them- while they practiced sequence, recall, and of course gluing.

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Almost as a rite of passage for most preschoolers- we did the egg carton caterpillars as well.

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Continuing with “C” we read When Cows Come Home and Kermit the Hermit. I had pre cut pieces for the boys to put together in cow and crab shapes.

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Finally we just had free play with cars. I reminded the boys that car starts with letter C but not much more than that. Tomorrow we are doing our bible lesson (creation). It has enough activities that we may break it into two days. Whatever keeps it no pressure or stress and J still asking to “do school”.

Miss G

Miss G is still army crawling. She uses her arms to pull, gets her legs in a rhythm and pushes off with her toes. She motors pretty fast across the room. She gets into more trouble now with finding toys that aren’t baby-okayed. She also has been wanting to stand up more. Usually she has to be put in standing position and held to prevent tumbles…until now. Look at what I saw this morning:

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Yup. G pulled herself up to stand next to the train table. I wouldn’t be surprised if she walking pretty good by her birthday.

B is for…

In our adventure in preschool at home we have moved on through the letter B. J and E learned that B is for bubbles, bus, and beach.

We read Bubble Trouble and blew bubbles as big as we could. We also read Seals on the Bus. J and E had practice naming shapes and glueing when we made the shape bus.  

It was a great exercise in my self-limiting control. As you can see J didn’t make his bus like I would. I had to force myself to not say anything; and instead praise him for his imagination. While E followed my lead so it came out closer to what I pictures as I planned this lesson.

And finally in our B week we went to the Beach. Husband planned this one so it was mostly spelling out Beach in the sand to try to reinforce letters and writing; and of course playing in the waves.

Baby toddler play

Miss G is at that awkward to describe age. She can crawl, but still on her belly. She plays contently with toys, but gets bored easily. She babbles, but no distinct “da da” or the like. She eats table food pretty good, but with her fingers. For me this is a weird stage between baby (nurses, needs constant attention) and toddler (walking unsteady, attempting to use silverware, play for longer periods as imagination develops). Yes, G is still a baby, but I guess a mature baby? Just a weird stage….
But anyways. Something that seems to always entertain this stage of baby is the plastic ware cupboard. G is no different.

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She played while I made dinner. No interruptions. Just smiles.

Tried, got frustrated, quit, and now…

I am talking about potty training E. I attempted it about a month ago. We ran out diapers and figured I might as well try. We lasted one day. E would have an accident, wouldn’t tell me, and then sit in wet. He also started crying if I even said let’s just sit on the potty. So in attempts to not make it any more stressful than it really needed to be, I quit and decided he could use a few more months of maturity.
Well, Husband had E and J yesterday. I guess Husband, of course, took E with when J had to go to the bathroom. Something must have sunk in because E refused to sit in the bath tonight-until I asked if he had to pee. He said yes, climbed out and had me hold him stable as he peed in the toilet! Not once but three times! Now he is sitting underwear at his request. Maybe E is just the type that has to do things when he feels like it. Hopefully it sticks and we can have two out of diapers. 🙂