Weekly review: Week ending September 27, 2019

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  • Gross motor
    • I helped A- climb up the ladder and go down the banana slide a few times.
  • Fine motor
    • The babysitter took A- to the library and borrowed a few books on Halloween crafts. They did a little tissue ghost.
  • Language
    • A- proudly mixed the pasta salad. She said, “I’m a chef. My food tastes yummy, you know?”
    • “Sheep is not a fan of getting wet.”
  • Music
    • A- mostly watched during music class.
    • A- made up her own counting down song about puppets on a wall.
  • Self-care and independence
    • After a little grumpiness about privacy, A- relented and let me go to the bathroom by myself while she waited in her room.
    • A- had a lot of separation anxiety at school drop-off. She wasn’t even looking forward to the watermelon snack that we saw her teacher prepare. It’s okay, I know she’ll get the hang of it. She knows how to be away from me, so this is probably mostly a reaction to how school is structured and how the teachers tell kids what to do.
    • Separation anxiety continues. Actually, it’s probably not about being away from me, but about dealing with more structured time.
  • Sleep
    • A- was practically falling asleep at the table, but she still wanted W- to help brush her teeth. She ended up going to bed at 9.
    • A- and I talked about how she resists going to sleep.
    • I had the energy and patience to gently shepherd A- through bedtime.
    • A- was so tired after school that she slept for the first two hours of the babysitter’s shift.
    • A- was getting cranky and resisting sleep, so I eventually set a limit on entertaining her. She was upset for a bit, but she settled down.
  • Emotion
    • A-‘s been a little contrary lately. After doing some research, I decided to think of contrariness and defiance as requests for reconnection. I ask her if she’s feeling disconnected and I snuggle her more. Now she’s taken to telling me that she feels disconnected and wants more connection time…
    • While A- was at school, I learned more about separation anxiety. I liked being able to reframe this as practice cooling down on her own, which makes me feel quite positive about it.
    • A- was upset at school drop-off, but she calmed down in time to join snack and crafting. The teacher reported that A- knew that she could go to the cool down couch to calm herself down. A- mentioned blowing some kind of green balloon.
  • Cognition
    • We checked out the Esso Family Math program at an EarlyON centre about 40 minutes from our house. It was a great reminder that I can talk to A- about math concepts like estimation and graphs. I think we’ve got a long way to go, but I’m glad we’re looking for more ways to make math part of everyday life.

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Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Business 2.1 13.8 11.7 23.1 19.6
Discretionary – Family 2.3 4.2 1.9 7.0 3.1
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Personal 8.7 8.5 -0.2 14.4 -0.3
Discretionary – Productive 3.6 1.7 -1.9 2.8 -3.2
A- 38.1 36.1 -2.0 60.6 -3.4
Discretionary – Play 3.3 1.1 -2.2 1.8 -3.7
Unpaid work 7.2 4.2 -3.0 7.0 -5.1
Sleep 34.7 30.5 -4.2 51.2 -7.1
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