Friday, February 22, 2013

Watch Her Grow...

This Week's Focus: Language and Emotional Intelligence

  Interactions with Materials
  • Q-ball has continued to love music class. She is inspired to find drums and drumsticks everywhere.  At the park, she uses sticks to bang on different materials and listen to the different noises that surface makes.  I'm proud to have such an explorer!
  • Perhaps it's largely my lack of artistic ability that affects my presentation of the activities, but Q-ball has yet to express too much interest in art.  But, she has really started to like playing with stickers.  Daddy's Valentine consisted almost entirely of smiley face stickers.  And, she has taken it a set beyond and started to like temporary tattoos (I love the way she says the word!) Mama currently is sporting a temporary dog tattoo- she lead me to believe that we would get matching tattoos, but she later backed out. :(
  • Her great-grandparents gave her a rocking chair for and early birthday gift.  She has been very excited about using it!  She went with me to pick it out, and she also excited to re-tell the story of "buy rock-rock."

Interactions with Others 
  • The few separations that Q-ball has endured recently have led to some increased attachment.  She is not at all interested in leaving Mama and Daddy again to go to the nursery.  Any separation from Mama leads to tears and stress, even though all of these separations have been with Daddy.  But, after the stress passes, she has really started to love her Daddy dates!  (But, this does seem to mean that parental dreams of a date have been put on the back burner.)
Critical Thinking

  • As has been the case over the past few weeks and will no doubt continue to be the case, she learns new words every day.  I think what interests me is that she is excited to try new words she hears (light bulb was yesterday's), but doesn't try to use words that she uses every day for which she still uses signs or other sounds. For example, she hasn't tried to say any animal names and, instead, sticks to using the sounds they make.  Another common phrase around the house, "clean up", continues to be "di da!"
Interactions with Life 
  • Potty-learning finally hit it's "got it" day about two weeks ago, and we rarely have any accidents at home.  She won't go and sit on the potty herself, but she might ask me to read her a book, or she'll start holding herself or cross her legs.  So, we just move to the potty and success!  Poop and nighttime are still to be mastered, so we'll see how those go!
We are linking up with Vibrant Wanderings!  Check out what the other kiddos are up to!

1 comment:

  1. I am not at all artistic, so I just give Annabelle materials and let her go and she *loves* art. I can't take any credit whatsoever, and I doubt any lack of interest in art at your house has to do with you. Perhaps Q-ball will just be a musician instead of a visual artist ;) All your talk of music class makes me even more motivated to find and get us registered for one!

    I find it so interesting that children rely on their 'baby talk' versions of words for so long after they have developed the ability to make the sounds correctly. I always wonder if it's sort of like an accent - to their ear they're saying things just exactly like everyone else, even though they're not?

    Separation is tough. I'm sure you'll really appreciate that date night when the time comes! :) Oh, and yay for potty learning!


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