Thursday, January 27, 2011

Christine, whose origins go back to Busy Bee Preschool

Isabella's preschool took part in rodeo days today. In preparation for the event, each preschooler brought his or her own horse or made one in school. The people at this preschool are wonderfully kind and patient. I, along with several other parents, neglected to bring the requisite sock and stick for the children. But, the school provided anyways.


This is Isabella's horse. My beloved daughter is learning to share, without pitching a fit; her sister even got a couple of chances to play with it. After the immediately following photograph was taken, I proceeded to do what the preschool folks asked me to do: write Isabella's name on the horse and get Isabella to name the horse.

Whilst writing Isabella's name on the stick portion of the horse with a Sharpie, I started spelling her name aloud. I quickly found out that she knows how to spell her name on her own: I-s-a-b-e-l-l-a, without any prompting whatsoever. When did that transpire? How long has she been able to spell her own name. I think it'd be too much to expect her to know how to spell her last name, but she was able to utter it. Nicely done, daughter. Oh, and by the way, after several name changes, she finally settled on "Christine" for her horse's name.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Building a "Christmas tree"


Some time ago, my friend Sally (sometimes known as Manda's mom or sometimes known as Ashley's mom) gave the girls wedgits. Isabella has made all kinds of interesting things; a shame I don't have photographs documenting that. Victoria, my 2 1/2 yr old had been building "Christmas trees."

Completing puzzles at two


This is not meant to make parents feel bad in any way or encourage parents to compare my two year old with theirs. Every child is bright, wonder, and dear in different ways. I never intend on making one of my children appear great at the detriment of others.

With that said, for well over a month now, with Victoria at 2 and a half years old, she was completing 24 piece puzzles on her own. At first, I believed the familiarity of the puzzle helped her. That wasn't it.

She would even attack puzzles geared towards a minimum age of four. All the while I was teaching Isabella how to do puzzles - look for various body parts of the same person, identify pieces of the same object by color or shape - Victoria did not look interested but was very much listening. When she voices the internal processes she uses to put the puzzle pieces together, it's not unlike the instructions I gave Isabella. Victoria can't identify all her ABC's out of order (like Isabella did by the time she turned two), but she (Victoria) sure can do puzzles. She has done some brand new puzzles without assistance whatsoever. Not only takes motor skill but more complicated brain activity.