Saturday, September 22, 2012
Words that R can spell out and recognize on sight: zoo, box, bus, book. I think those are the only ones so far, but it's progress. We do a lot of spelling words out and practicing letter sounds. He doesn't get phonics yet at all, but he's getting closer to grasping it. He is doing much better on letter recognition. He still gets tripped up on some of them, and he tends to get M and W confused. He wrote his name for me last week though which was huge! I was so proud! And we've been really working hard on number recognition. I got him some Dr. Seuss flash cards that he loves and I think it's been helping. He can reliably get 0, 1, 4, 9 and 10, which is better than nothing, which is where we were at a month or two ago. We've been working on using scissors to his great delight. He loves to cut and glue, so we do that at least once a week. I'll draw a bunch of large shapes on construction paper, then he will cut them out, and make them into a picture. I've been trying to encourage him to draw things himself, too. We've been playing outside a lot, and both kids have fun collecting different things in the yard, then we'll talk about what they've found. This week we've learned about the 4 seasons. J has been teaching R all about building with Legos. J will design something and R will build it. He also lets R design and build his own little models. It's a really good play to learn bonding thing for them to do together. B gets in on it too sometimes, she is very interested in blocks and building. I got a big book of simple science experiments for us to work on as well. It's got lots and lots of good ideas in it, all laid out in easy steps with very basic materials. Hopefully some of them will make their way onto the blog.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Because I want to put it down somewhere I won't forget. B has had a pretty big jump in her language skills in the last two weeks. She is saying duck (all animals), dog, one, two (often said together, pointing at things, imitating her brother counting), apple (still her word for food), stuck, is, book, whooooo (owl noise), moooo (cow noise, obviously), uhoh, block, ok, that, bock bock (chicken noises), up, out. I *think* that might be it. She can do the hand motions to Mr. Sun and Pat-A-Cake, and she shakes her head to indicate no.
Friday, September 14, 2012
When life gets you down, bake. Ok, so that's probably not the best motto, it should probably be something like, when life gets you down, go exercise. Whatever. I enjoy baking a shite ton more than I enjoy exercising. Life's been... stressful lately. I tried a new cookie recipe yesterday.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies:
2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
1tsp baking soda dissolved in 1tbs warm water
1c w sugar
1c b sugar
2c all purpose flour
1.25c old fashion rolled oats, whole not ground
2c mini chocolate chips (my preference, you can use whatever kind you want. I think the little ones work best)
Mix the eggs and butter well, add the dissolved baking soda. Add the sugar a little at a time. Same with the flour and the oat meal. Add the chocolate chips at the end. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. I got exactly 4 dozen medium sized cookies out of this recipe.
I won't lie, these were a-fucking-mazing. I'm not usually a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies, and mine don't often turn out as well as I would like. Something about this was just perfect though. Maybe it's the dissolved baking soda, or all the oatmeal, or using mini chips instead of regular sized ones. This was cookie nirvana.