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Weekly review: Week ending January 25, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I worked on slowly updating Quantified Awesome to use more recent libraries.
    • I used some trigonometry to automate clicking based on clock position.
    • After some experimentation, we determined that popcorn was best popped in a bag (versus popping it in a container in the microwave or popping it in a pot on the stove).
  • Us
    • I talked to a nurse at the drop-in centre about independence and child development.
    • We made up this song: “There’s a booger in your nose, in your nose. There’s a booger in your nose, in your nose. There’s a booger in your nose. Leave it there because it’s gross. When it’s private, you can go and pick your nose.”
    • W- got a wireless access point for J-‘s room.
    • My mom asked me to look into the longevity of Duratrans in museum conditions.
    • I made honey soy tofu and a bunch of other vegetable side dishes.
  • Gross motor
    • A- insisted on going to the library before school. She walked lots of places.
    • Lots of running! A- liked running up and down the hall outside music class.
    • After swimming, A- wanted to spend some time playing in the playground, even though it was cold. She liked going down the slides.
    • A-‘s been working on walking farther. She walked from the dollar store to library, and she also walked home.
    • A- liked jumping up and down inside the swimming pool. She was also interested in floating and paddling with the help of the Puddle Jumpers.
  • Sensory
    • We pulled A- around in a sled just outside the house. It was fun.
    • I pulled A- in a sled up and down a small hill at the drop-in centre. She loved it.
  • Language
    • “I’m just sending a text to Lola.”
    • “It’s so nice and quiet here.”
    • A- was having a hard time unbuttoning her shirt. W- said, “Oh, buttons are frustrating.” A- said, “But I know I’ll live.”
    • A- started singing the counting song in Cantonese and Tagalog.
    • I was talking to A- about getting her own library card for her third birthday. I told her that we didn’t have space yet for a hundred books in the bookshelf downstairs. (Right now, we’re maxing out at 50 items.) She said, “Necessary.”
  • Music
    • A- actively participated in music class, and ran up to the teacher to give her a hug even before the teacher had finished singing the goodbye song.
  • Eating
    • A- ate so much popcorn that she didn’t have a big appetite for lunch.
    • I made mini meatloaves, which turned out to be much more convenient than meatballs.
    • Hainanese chicken rice: Added lemongrass. Yum! A- liked the chicken.
  • Social
    • A- was very interested in talking to the parent support worker at the drop-in centre, even moving her seat beside her at lunch. She played next to other kids while I asked other parents about preschool.
    • There was a pretend post office station at the drop-in centre. A- enjoyed writing letters, putting them in envelopes, sticking stamps on, and sending them to me. I also sent her a few letters. She wanted to send letters to Lola and W- too.
    • A- liked playing a game of hatching things. W- and J- hid different objects inside the pomelo peel, and A- opened up the pomelo peel to discover what was there.
    • A- was play-acting during dinner. She turned to W- and said, “Hi! I’m A- and this is Sacha. Nice to meet you!” She even gestured at me.
    • “What’s W-‘s middle name?” “Are you ready for this? It’s J*.” “Hmm.”
  • World
    • A- discovered the joys of sitting by the window and eating popcorn.
    • A- really wanted to go to the museum, so we headed home after music class to pick up my membership card and then headed back. She was interested in brushing sand off pretend dinosaur bones in the Discovery Gallery, and she also liked looking at the dinosaur skeletons. We checked out the Zuul exhibit, which was pretty cool.

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… and we’re back to burning the midnight oil so that I can do some consulting and other things.

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Personal 3.5 6.7 3.2 11.3 5.3
Business 0.0 3.1 3.1 5.2 5.2
Unpaid work 6.2 8.2 2.0 13.8 3.4
Discretionary – Family 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.9 0.9
Discretionary – Productive 3.2 2.7 -0.5 4.5 -0.8
Discretionary – Play 5.4 4.7 -0.7 8.0 -1.1
A- 44.0 43.0 -0.9 72.3 -1.6
Sleep 37.7 31.0 -6.7 52.0 -11.3

Weekly review: Week ending January 18, 2019

  • Us
    • My back hurt from carrying A- and the swimming gear.
    • W- and I watched Bridget Jones’ Diary again.
  • Gross motor
    • We had a full day of gross motor activity. We found an indoor drop-in centre with tricycles, balls, and a slide. After A- had fun there, we went swimming. She napped while I carried her to visit a friend’s house 2 km away.
  • Language
    • “I’m imagining myself growing in Mama’s sweater.”
    • “Mama, say, ‘Where did you go?'” “Where did you go?” “I put on my snowsuit.” A- put on her snowsuit all by herself in order to roleplay Merry Christmas, Little Pookie.
    • “Am I driving you crazy?”
  • Music
    • E- sang Itsy Bitsy Spider around 6 times, getting progressively louder and louder. Jen and I were very amused. A- started singing it too. We taught them the Great Canadian Spider variation.
  • Self-care and independence
    • After snack at the drop-in centre, A- carefully put her plate and cup in the garbage.
  • Eating
    • Maple-glazed peameal bacon: Less salty than regular ham.
    • Chicken pot pie with lard crust: We used this crust again, with an egg wash on top. It worked out all right. I thickened the filling with butter and flour.
    • Chicken piccata: Tangy. A- helped dredge the chicken and taste the sauce.
  • Sleep
    • A- was overtired, so W- rocked her to sleep.
  • Household
    • A- noticed that the brown sugar jar was empty. “We need sugar,” she said. She fetched the bag of brown sugar that I’d completely forgotten about and started refilling the jar.
    • A- helped me make oatmeal cookies.
    • W- bought A- a small red shovel. She loved using it to move snow.
  • Social
    • W- played with A- while Lola watched over Facebook chat.
    • “What’s in the bag, A-?” “Luke!” “You managed to get a cat in the cat bag?”
    • At the drop-in centre, A- played beside another kid. They pretended to clean the centre.
    • A- made a Duplo chocolate cake with a candle, and she sang Lola (advanced) happy birthday.
    • Back to music class after a long break. A- spent most of the class clinging to me.
    • We visited Jen and E-. A- was more interested in playing with Jen or with E-‘s toys than with E-, but they’re probably a bit young for that anyway. Both E- and A- were delighted by the squeaky skunk puppet that Jen used. Jen and I chatted about crafts, boundary-testing, and other parenting topics.
    • Jen redirected E- to spray instead of playing in the kitchen sink, and I nudged A- to wipe with a towel. The combination worked pretty well.
    • I asked A- to tell J- and W- that dinner was ready, which she did with great enthusiasm. W- was in the bathroom, so she stood outside the door and kept saying “Dinner is ready!” until he came out.
  • Pretend
    • A- really wanted to go outside, so I helped her into her snowsuit and asked her to stay on the deck while I watched her from inside. There was no snow, but she had lots of fun pretending to make snowballs and throw them at me.
    • A- brought a cup, a stick, some tape, and a jingly ball upstairs. W- helped her make a bell, which they taped to the wall and used for some pretend play.
  • Cognition
    • A- wanted to go with W- to buy a kid-size shovel after breakfast, but we helped her realize that could mean missing swimming.
  • World
    • “Can we try turning it off and on again?”
  • Thoughts
    • “Learning Through Play in My Own Way” has a matrix of skills.

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More sleep this week because A- got more sleep too. I wasn’t sure whether she was just settling early for a nap or going for a long sleep, so I slept along with her just in case.

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 31.1 37.7 6.5 63.3 11.0
Discretionary – Play 3.8 5.4 1.6 9.1 2.7
A- 43.9 44.0 0.1 73.9 0.1
Discretionary – Productive 3.8 3.2 -0.6 5.4 -1.1
Personal 4.8 3.5 -1.2 6.0 -2.1
Unpaid work 8.3 6.2 -2.1 10.4 -3.6
Business 4.2 0.0 -4.2 0.0 -7.1

Weekly review: Week ending January 11, 2019

This was the first week of going to drop-in centres after a long break. The parent workers reassure me that it’s enough in terms of kindergarten readiness, and that I don’t have to worry about setting up lots of activities or picking a preschool curriculum. Next week, music classes start again, so we’ll add those to the mix. We found a good swimming pool for Friday trips, and we can go to the science centre or the museum when we want something different. It’s a pretty comfortable routine, and A- seems to like it a lot.

Lots of cooking during the week, too. W- made beef bulgogi, and I made Parmesan-crusted chicken. Yum yum! Sardine pasta wasn’t as popular, but it was good to try.

  • Kaizen
    • I asked the drop-in centre teacher about unit planning. She recommended thinking about different centres and building up our supplies.
    • My headband/scarf arrived from the Art of Where! The letters, numbers, days of the week, and months of the year printed well, and they’ve already been handy as a quick reference for teaching A-.
    • I tweaked my LaTeX template to make a properly centered photobook. I drafted a social story about playground rhythms.
    • Raising Human Beings looks like a good book on collaborative problem solving like How to Talk So Little Kids Listen.
    • Next swim trip improvement: bring a small picnic blanket to catch food.
  • Us
    • I issued myself a dividend check.
  • Sensory
    • We went swimming again. A- wasn’t keen on the hot shower or the contrast with the cold air, but she had fun bouncing in the water, and she practised going down the ladder.
  • Language
    • A- independently read a picture book while waiting for us.
    • A- was interested in punctuation marks. We used playdough and stamps to make question marks and exclamation marks.
    • “There’s my favourite teacher!”
    • Me: “Your daddy is very wise.” A-: “And easy to train!” W-: “I don’t know where that came from.” Me: “I know! That’s from Charlotte and the Rock, but…”
    • A- at bedtime: “More books!” Me: “Two books? Three books?” A-: “Four books. Five books. Twenty-one. Twenty-two.” Me: “Hey, wait a minute…”
  • Eating
    • Creamy vegan potato leek soup: A- had quite a few spoonfuls. Surprisingly nice with the toasted sesame seeds she sprinkled on top of my bowl. We paired it with ham sandwiches.
    • Chicken katsu: Did half chicken katsu and half Parmesan-crusted chicken. Yum! A- liked the Parmesan-crusted chicken and even polished it off when we had leftovers for lunch.
  • Social
    • A- sang “Bahay Kubo” clearly and correctly, except for the last line, which she changed to “Sa paligid-ligid, kamay at paa” again. I laughed and said, “That’s not how it goes!” She said, “I love making Mama laugh.”
    • We made it to the drop-in centre even though it was so cold. A- had fun playing with the sand table and the big foam blocks.
    • A- wanted to play on a little obstacle course set up at school, but the other kids were taking turns too quickly for her to feel comfortable getting the hang of it. I started thinking about the tempo of a playground and how to help A- adapt.
    • A- smooshed her face into mine and said, “You cannot breathe and you cannot see.”
    • A- had fun playing with Lola over video chat. Lola made animal noises and A- guessed them.
    • A- tugged on my sleeve. “I’m cooking,” I said. She said, “May I have my mommy, please?” Naturally, I stopped and snuggled her.
    • A- changed out of her pajamas to another top and pants that she chose and wore by herself. She noticed that the pants were green with white flowers, and she remembered that I had pajama pants like that. She asked me to change into them. When I did, she happily said, “Matching!” For good measure, we both changed into red flannel tops too.
  • Pretend
    • A- was a little scared of a spider, but i was able to flip her perspective by pretending to be a spider who was scared of her. We spent the next couple of days pretending to be spiders.
    • A- liked roleplaying preschool based on a book we read. She packed her backpack, went to “school,” put the bag in her cubby, and sat down for circle time.
  • World
    • “This phone works again. It got some power. I can use it.”

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Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Unpaid work 5.4 8.3 2.9 14.0 4.9
Business 1.6 4.2 2.6 7.1 4.4
Discretionary – Play 2.3 3.8 1.4 6.4 2.4
Personal 4.5 4.8 0.3 8.0 0.4
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Family 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Sleep 32.5 31.1 -1.3 52.3 -2.3
Discretionary – Productive 6.3 3.8 -2.5 6.4 -4.2
A- 47.3 43.9 -3.4 73.8 -5.7

Weekly review: Week ending January 4, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I tidied up my drawers a little.
    • I updated my Emacs News code to deal with the pagination of Reddit JSON.
    • I Dockerized my sketch viewer and my tracker, and I was able to deploy the images to my server.
    • I set up a Docker container for loading my MySQL backups.
    • I reflashed the TF700T with the Katkiss ROM. It was tolerably responsive.
    • I reviewed my portfolio and reinvested the dividends. I’ll probably invest in just my TFSA and A-‘s RESP this year, since we might have big expenses coming up.
    • I used Tasker to make it easier to log our cooking.
  • Us
    • I wrote a couple of blog posts, yay!
    • I sorted out Docker + ufw + iptables.
    • At the drop-in centre, I asked other parents about their experiences with going to activities and keeping kids home for preschool. It sounds pretty workable.
    • I looked up dates for summer breaks and started thinking of what a long summer trip to the Philippines might be like for A- and me.
  • Gross motor
    • A- walked all the way to the subway station.
  • Fine motor
    • A- can look for and type single letters instead of holding down. She’s also interested in sounding them out.
    • A- liked putting screws into a tiny bag.
  • Sensory
    • A- wanted us to blow feathers around.
    • We went swimming with Melissa and H-. The change rooms were pleasantly warm when we entered, and the pool was the perfect temperature. A- kept saying, “How nice it is to swim.” She had fun dog-paddling and floating while wearing a vest, even in the deeper part of the toddler pool. We stayed in the pool for more than an hour, and she napped for a long time afterwards. I think this will be a nice addition to our weekly routine.
  • Language
    • I read a book. Beside me, A- flipped through a Childcraft volume and asked questions about the pictures.
    • A- often likes chatting before she falls asleep. One time, we spent quite a few minutes talking about the names of people in our family.
    • A- practised sounding out the letters on the milk box.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- rubbed her conformer out while we were at the Ontario Science Centre. It fell to the floor. Before I noticed it was out, she’d already crouched, picked it up, and brought it to me. “I brought it to an adult,” she said. We’ve been teaching her that if she takes out her conformer, she should bring it to the adult responsible for her. She’s getting pretty good at that. Whew!
  • Eating
    • I made quiche. A- nibbled on the crust.
    • Honey glazed tofu: Yummy enough, but A- wasn’t interested in trying it today. Skipped the pepper, of course.
    • Crunchy coconut cookies: I made these with vegetable oil instead of butter. Still turned out airy and delicious.
    • Bacon Brussels sprouts: Yummy! A- kept sneaking Brussels sprouts from the bowl while I prepared the rest of dinner.
    • I blended vegetables into pasta sauce. I felt very much like a parent. A- didn’t want the sauce on her pasta, but she was happy to have it like soup.
  • Emotion
    • Tantrum overtired doesn’t want to go to sleep
    • A- bumped her face, so she spent some time snuggling with me for consolation. She asked for a blanket cave.
  • Social
    • A- raised her hand, then said, “I raised my hand for help. I’m thirsty.” I helped her with her water bottle.
    • We spent a day leisurely doing neighbourhood chores. We loaded the stroller with so many groceries that we had to drop them off at home in order to make space for books. The drop-in centre at the library turned out to be open already, so we spent some time there as well.
    • A- doesn’t like it when kids point or stare at her eye. We talked about some responses we can try the next time that happens. The next one we’re going to experiment with is me saying “Shh, L- is learning how to be a superhero. She has a special eye.” (L- is the name she likes using at the moment.) We talked about the power of joking about things and owning the conversation.
    • We dropped by Melissa and H-‘s place before heading to the swimming pool. A- liked the chocolate chip muffins that Melissa had just baked. We had an impromptu dance party, too.
    • We were playing catch on the stairs. A- wanted to keep playing. We told her we could do one more and then it would be dinner time. She threw the ball and then came down the stairs, saying, “I promised to come back.”
  • Pretend
    • After helping me with self-checkout at the supermarket, A- carried the receipt all the way home. She wanted to play cashier. I had made a cash register out of cardboard for her before, but we had recycled it after it fell apart. W- had also cut some pretend money out of coloured construction paper, but it wasn’t in its usual place. After some thinking, A- said, “How can I play cashier with no money and no cash register?” I said, “We can use our imagination.” We did a quick transaction before moving on to reading books.
    • A- had fun pretending I was Lola. We read lots of books.
  • World
    • We walked to the park and looked at the construction.
    • A- had lots of fun using the magnet in W-‘s workshop to pick up screws and other pieces of hardware.
    • We went to the science centre with Melissa and H-. She liked pretending to be a nurse, farmer, and construction worker. She also played with the wheel, the car, the supermarket, the water table, the spinner, and the pretend guitars. She asked a few questions about the skeleton.

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Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 40.9 47.3 6.4 79.5 10.7
Business 0.0 1.6 1.6 2.7 2.7
Unpaid work 3.8 5.4 1.6 9.1 2.7
Discretionary – Productive 6.8 6.3 -0.5 10.7 -0.8
Discretionary – Family 0.6 0.0 -0.6 0.0 -1.0
Personal 5.1 4.5 -0.6 7.6 -1.0
Sleep 34.3 32.5 -1.8 54.5 -3.1
Discretionary – Play 4.8 2.3 -2.5 3.9 -4.1
Discretionary – Social 3.7 0.0 -3.7 0.0 -6.1

Weekly review: Week ending December 28, 2018

This week was mostly about recovering from coughs, colds, and ear infection (A-), and working on cooking more often.

  • Kaizen
    • W- reminded me that I can take the initiative instead of basically looking for permission or approval when planning meals.
    • Watching cooking videos together with W- seems to be a good way to be inspired to cook new recipes.
  • Us
    • I wiped down the dressers and changed the sheets.
    • I rolled out a pizza crust, but it turned out too flat.
    • I stayed up to watch Ant Man and the Wasp.
    • We were lucky to get groceries before the supermarket lost power. I went back for more groceries after dinner since W- recommended getting another pizza crust, and A- chose to come along with me even though she could have stayed nice and warm at home.
    • We hosted lunch for Karen, Richard, Gabriel, and Linda. Look, I now have Canadian friends I’ve known for more than a decade! :) It was easy to prepare lots of broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, carrots, and celery for crudites. That also helped with the prep for pizza (prosciutto, pepper, and mushroom) and butternut squash soup. I bought pre-cubed butternut squash because I didn’t feel like peeling a couple of squashes, and combining that with my frozen sauteed onions and frozen minced garlic meant that soup was easy to make. We enjoyed talking about life, kindness, social isolation, transit and community planning, work, and other interests. A- wandered in and out, occasionally jamming with Karen on ukuleles or telling us about her own interests. W- hung out with A- too.
  • Gross motor
    • A- walked most of the way to Shoppers Drug Mart.
    • I played a game with A- to encourage her to walk home. I carried her to the next tree, and then she walked to the next tree, and then I carried her to the next tree, and so on. That worked!
    • A- liked throwing and catching the small basketball. We also kicked it around.
  • Fine motor
    • A- had fun imitating W- and J- as they played video games, and she liked imitating the hand gestures W- showed her for letters and shapes.
  • Sensory
    • A- loved playing with the bubble wrap from W-‘s packages.
  • Language
    • A- was interested in plurals. She asked what the S was for.
    • A- looked at the toaster oven and read out the countdown all by herself.
    • “You have another cell phone. I can play with this one. I need a cell phone.”
    • A- sounded out the letters she saw on the cover of The Foolish Tortoise. “Eh eh eh kuh kuh…” “Ah, Eric Carle!”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- told me that her teeth hurt. She patiently waited for me to scrape her teeth with the pointy end of the dental flosser.
  • Eating
    • A- liked pesto on her pasta.
    • A- ate lots of broccoli and fish skin.
    • A- liked dipping rolled cookies in chocolate.
    • A- was excited about making tree pancakes. She seems to respond to funny shapes.
    • A- ate a drumstick and a half of tomato basil chicken with rice.
  • Sleep
    • A- quietly fell asleep while snuggling up with me. 8:45 pm, no afternoon nap.
    • A- fell asleep on the couch. We didn’t want to wake her up by moving her, so W- played video games and I reviewed photos. It turned out to be just a nap instead of a long sleep, though.
  • Social
    • We’ve been thinking about preschool mostly to find a large group of other kids whom we could potentially hang out with when A- gets more interested in doing so. We’re familiar with the regulars at the drop-in centres, which tend to skew younger. Maybe play groups? Independence can come naturally. Kindergarten teachers are used to it, and kids grow into it too.
    • A- wanted W- to take pictures of her and show them to her, so she struck a funny pose behind the kitchen table.
    • I set my lunch on the table. A- pulled the bowl towards her and fenced it in with her hands, saying, “My moira.”
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended that a fish bit her finger, and told me the story from the song when I asked about the bandage on her hand.
    • A- liked pretending to be her stuffed lamb’s big sister. She tucked the lamb into bed.
    • A- got excited about chatting with Lola and the rest of the family in the Philippines. She got her luggage and said, “I’m going to the Philippines.” She zoomed an airplane around.
  • World
    • We dug in the garden and found out that the soil near the fence was soft while the soil in the box was hard.
    • We blew bubbles outside and saw how the wind patterns were different from what they were in summer.
    • “I wonder what would happen if…” A- experimented with floating her pine cone in bowls and glasses of water.
    • A- and I spent some time in the backyard. There was a light dusting of snow, so we made footprints, talked about snow melting on our hands, looked at pine needles, and compared pine cones.
  • Other
    • A- pulled out the Make and Do volume of Childcraft, flipped it open, and asked to do the activity of dipping paper towels into food colouring.

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Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Social 0.0 3.7 3.7 6.1 6.1
Personal 3.0 5.1 2.1 8.6 3.5
Discretionary – Play 3.4 4.8 1.4 8.1 2.3
Unpaid work 2.9 3.8 0.9 6.4 1.5
Discretionary – Family 0.6 0.6 0.0 1.0 0.0
Discretionary – Productive 6.8 6.8 0.0 11.4 0.0
Business 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.3
Sleep 35.2 34.3 -0.9 57.6 -1.5
A- 47.8 40.9 -6.9 68.8 -11.6

Weekly review: Week ending December 21, 2018

We continue to be sick with coughs and colds, with a bonus ear infection for A-. Since she complained of ear pain even after a week of watchful waiting, we started her on the course of antibiotics that the doctor prescribed. We’re still tired and occasionally grumpy, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

A-‘s tantrums seem to be a little lower in intensity and duration now, and she usually accepts comfort from me instead of repeatedly moving away.

I experimented with a play-based curriculum for homeschool preschool this week. I liked the way a little bit of structure helped me have activity ideas all ready to go whenever A- was interested in exploring. She liked reading books about apples doing some of the activities. I modified the other activities to incorporate the concepts into whatever A- actually wanted to do at the moment. It was fun doing this with A-. Maybe I’ll try Blossom and Root‘s demo week next time. I’d love to be able to come up with little units based on her interests and the world around us. Someday!

  • Kaizen
    • I found a kindergarten readiness guide, so I printed out the checklist and observation chart.
    • I made a multi-click tool in Tasker that could read its configuration from a file, although I couldn’t figure out how to persistently split by newline.
    • I switched my data partition to ext4 and moved my Dropbox directory to out.
  • Us
    • We all had fun throwing magnetic letters and trying to get them to stick to the cookie tray.
    • I spent some time reflecting on amor fati.
    • I needed to tweak my laptop setup a little after that major upgrade.
    • I helped proofread some text for my dad’s National Museum exhibit.
    • I lost my preferences after the Krita upgrade, so I recreated enough to make simple sketches again.
    • I designed and ordered a custom headband that might also be usable as a neck scarf. I wanted something that had numbers, letters, months, and days of the week.
  • Gross motor
    • A- had lots of fun climbing up on me and sliding down the other way.
  • Fine motor
    • I got A- to show me how tall a tower she could build by playing a “silly tower” game. I built up a few blocks and called it a silly tower when it tumbled down, so she got into it too. She built a tower of 13 blocks by herself.
    • A- tied a bow knot around her stuffed toy all by herself. She showed it to us proudly.
  • Language
    • We started doing a picture tour of books before reading the text. I still do most of the talking, but sometimes she answers questions or comments on what she sees.
    • “Can you bring a water bottle for me, please? I am a little bit sick and I don’t drink that one.”
    • “I’m a little clingy monkey. I want to cling.”
  • Music
    • A- made up her own counting song. “Five little apples hanging in the tree. One came down. Four little apples hanging in the tree.” She sings so much more, and often makes up her own songs based on other ones she knows.
  • Self-care and independence
    • We signed up with a new family doctor, who also diagnosed an ear infection in A-. A- patiently followed all the instructions during the examination, including stepping up on the scale by herself so that we could measure her weight (10.9 kg) and height (90cm).
    • It turns out that both W- and J- avoid penicillin-type medicine due to reactions. We’ll try giving A- the amoxicillin prescribed for her ear infection, though, just in case she turns out to be okay with it. So far so good.
  • Sleep
    • A- sang herself to sleep. It was awesome.
  • Emotion
    • A- felt a little anxious about the “Meltdown” book, maybe because the protagonist had a big tantrum and no one coped with it well. She seems to prefer books that model positive strategies.
  • Household
    • A- painted in the living room while I washed dishes in the kitchen. When she finished, she brought her paint jars and brushes to the kitchen for cleaning and said, “Bring it to an adult all by myself!”
    • She lined a container with a paper towel, then gave it to us while saying, “Compost bin!”
  • Social
    • A- let out a loud fart. Then she said, “Silly Mama.” I laughed and said, “Silly baby.” She said, “You’re silly.”
    • “Can you wake up please? Can you drink coconut water? Can you share with me?”
    • A- really likes drinking coconut water. She asks me to drink some so that she can have a sip afterwards. She experimented with calling my attention to the coconut water can by tapping on it, which made us laugh. I told her I prefer to be asked with words instead of with tapping, and she obliged by saying, “Can you drink coconut water, please?”
  • Cognition
    • I researched kindergarten readiness options.
    • A- has been very interested in being two years old and being almost three years old. I made her a number line out of playdough so that she could get a sense of how old she is and how old her friends are.
    • A- arranged our chairs in a line and we pretended to be on a bus. She was interested in the concepts of front, back, in front, and behind.
    • She used apples to represent all the numbers in a 5-frame, including “none.”
    • A- took the apples out of the bowl and counted them out (1 apple, 2 apple, 3 apple…) on her own. I’m not sure if she was doing plural forms too. I’ll listen more closely next time she does it.
    • A- had fun feeding a pretend bird a few pipecleaner worms. We counted them as she put them in, and she followed my suggestions to focus on red worms, orange worms, and then short worms.
    • Me: “Imagine you have one apple. If I give you another apple, how many apples do you have?” A-: “Two!” Me: “And if I give you another apple?” A-: “Three!” Me: “And if I take away one apple?” A-: “Two!” Me: “And if I give you two more apples?” A-: “Four!”
  • World
    • We worked on the apple unit from “Playing Preschool.” A- was interested in the book, sorting, counting, the parts of an apple, and printing with an apple half.
    • A- brought me a yellow sheet of origami paper and asked me to make a sun. She also brought me a blue sheet and asked me to make a sky.

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Category The other week % Last week % Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 0.6 6.8 6.2 11.4 10.4
A- 44.2 47.8 3.6 80.3 6.1
Unpaid work 2.7 2.9 0.2 4.9 0.4
Business 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Sleep 35.5 35.2 -0.2 59.2 -0.4
Discretionary – Play 3.7 3.4 -0.3 5.7 -0.5
Discretionary – Family 5.1 0.6 -4.5 1.0 -7.6
Personal 8.2 3.0 -5.2 5.1 -8.7