Week ending 2018-07-27

  • Gross motor
    • A- was interested in yoga, imitating several poses from the Yoga Kids book.
    • A- wanted W- to help her do a popawheelie on her balance bike.
  • Fine motor
    • We went to the drop-in centre. A- took turns rolling cars down a ramp. She also played with playdough and threaded pipe cleaners through straw segments.
    • A- was fascinated by the magnetic buckle on her helmet, and got the hang of buckling and unbuckling it.
  • Language
    • “Ow.” “What happened?” “I want kneepads.”
    • W- was trying to teach A- knock-knock jokes. “Knock knock. Now you say, ‘Who’s there?'” “Who’s there?” “Interrupting cow.” “Moo cow!” … I guess that works too..
    • A- experimented with describing people, identifying herself as “someone in a yellow dress” and me as “someone in a blue shirt.”
  • Art
    • A- had lots of fun painting with blue, red, and green tempera paint. She liked using the dabber, and she also coated her hands with paint and slapped them down on the paper. While doing this, she pretended I was Maritza from the drop-in centre.
  • Self-care
    • A- insisted on wearing ten pairs of underwear at the same time.
  • Eating
    • Even though W- tried to get her to explore other flavours, A- insisted on chocolate ice cream.
  • Emotion
    • Suddenly a teenager! A- declared, “I hate everything.” Turned out she just wanted her own fish and her own beansprouts, not from my plate.
  • Social
    • Popo and Gunggung visited. A- enthusiastically showed them lots of toys and activities, including identifying playdough letters and reading books to them.
    • We had Joy and J- over for cat playtime, bubbles, and dog-watching. A- liked offering them toys to play with.
    • After J- and P- did the dishes, A- said, “Thank you for your help.”
    • A- playfully licked the palms of her hands and then touched me with them. Getting around the “No licking Mama” rule, I see!
  • Pretend
    • Someone had dug a small pit near the edge of the sandbox, so A- had fun pretending to be a dinosaur trapped in the pit. Also, we picked up a bunch of free IKEA kid’s cups on the way to the playground, and they made good sandcastle molds.
    • A- wanted to pretend that W- was the ocularist. The post-appointment toy chest was definitely her focus.
  • World
    • There was a severe thunderstorm warning, so we stayed close to home. We blew giant bubbles on the porch steps and watched them survive a light drizzle.
    • In nature class, A- enjoyed watering plants. We learned about water as a habitat for frogs, dragonfly nymphs, and turtles, and we walked down to the pond to watch ducks and dragonflies. A- jumped along a series of foam lilypads that the teachers set out.
  • Kaizen
    • I found out that I had accidentally muted one of my text conversations.
    • W- fixed J-‘s broken bubble gun. It didn’t look like it was designed to be refilled, though.
    • We spent the day mostly reading at home. I might insist on doing afternoon reading on the porch or the deck so that she gets more sunlight.
  • Us
    • W- repaired his glasses.
    • I returned my old work laptop after setting up the new one.
    • I made a book about asking for books from the library.