Yep, I’m posting my Friday post on Sunday. We’ve had family and friends at our house this weekend, so I kept forgetting to post.
What We Did
We cleaned. We had guests coming for Baby E’s birthday and that means the to-do list was a mile long. Miss H got really into cleaning, and worked on scrubbing her little school table for about 20 minutes. Even Baby E got into it when I gave him a cloth. After almost a week of deep-cleaning, my house looked like we had done nothing but dumped out toy bins all week. Cleaning with kids at home is like using a towel in the pool. But we tried! We even put out pretty fall decorations, like these pumpkins and squash on our coffee table. Baby E decided that these little pumpkins were the best toys ever!
Pumpkins probably would have sufficed for birthday presents, but I dragged E to Target with me to shop for his gifts. He went crazy for this Fisher-Price Little People Floaty Boat. When I had to unload it to pay for it, we had the Ultimate Target Temper Tantrum.
What We Learned
Miss H continues to make connections with vocabulary and math. This week she looked at me and said, “Oh! I know! Both means two!” I love these moments! Baby E is learning a lot, too! He has a few words, and is working on the “b” sound. I’ve been trying to help him follow simple one-step directions, like “Go get the book!”
What We Read
We haven’t been to the library this week, so we read a lot of the same books from last week. We did have a few new stories in there, though.
Mirette on the High Wire This is a beautiful book set in Paris. Miss H really enjoyed it!
Sora and the Cloud– H thought this book was really sweet! It reads like a folk tale, and the text is also written in Japanese. Letting Miss H see different languages and writing is valuable!
We made new friends at the park this week! I was so proud of Miss H when she walked up to a little girl and asked her to play. This is something that she finds intimidating sometimes! They played for probably an hour. When I tell people that Miss H is staying home for preschool, their first question is always, “Aren’t you worried that she will miss out on socialization?” The short answer is no. Kids learn social skills from their parents (this is addressed in the book I just read, Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents). A teacher with her hands full of students might be able to model social skills, but probably wouldn’t be able to make sure they’re being used on every occasion. Our interaction at the park confirmed that Miss H is doing just fine with social skills!
What I Did For Me
I joined a Bible study that meets during the day. There was a baby sitter for the kids, and Miss H thought she was on a playdate! It was such a nice break for me! We’re reading Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist, and I’ve heard it has some life-changing ideas in it!
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