January 29, 2007
This weekend I busted out an old pocket chart and Keely loved it. You can use these nifty things for all sorts of games and whatnot.I thought she'd want to just shove leaves and buttons in the pockets. But this girl is all about letters right now. She and I put all the alphabet in order (using magnetic foam letters) and she put in photo/alphabet flash cards in the pockets to match up with the letters. You know, Cat photo with the letter c. I didn't expect or think she'd want to do the whole sequence, but she wouldn't let us stop until it was complete, a-z. (Brag alert) Then, that night she was sitting drinking a little bottle of Deer Park water and she started sounding out the letters…and then she said, "Deer! It says DEER!" She read her first word all on her own! Holy Moly kid. She's been able to read a few words for awhile, but we've helped her learn those. This was all her. Oh, deer. Guess I better start feeding her needs more and bump it up a level. I was trying to hold off "teaching" her pre-school/k stuff because we aren't sure if we are going to let her go to public school or homeschool her yet. I was scared she be bored out of her mind in kindergarten since she already knows so much, but it's pretty silly to not expose her/supply her with information that she wants to know right now. She is interested now, so I'm going to give it to her.
I had to sew a new dust cover? cozy? for my sewing machine, not because our house is that dirty but because somebody
always messes with my needle/presser foot/knobs if it's left uncovered. She wore the cheap, thin, plastic cover that came with the machine as a hat. It split in two. It was ugly anyway. Now, I have this exciting thing.
Well, it is reversible to a crazy floral grandma-esque print. Does that make it more exciting? nah. I threatened to make cozies for all the kitchen appliances to my hubby. Ones with flags, hearts, and lined-up dancing teddy bears! Pure 80's craft style you know? You should have seen his horrified look. I was kidding. No need to hide the waffle maker. This is the only cozy we'll have, dear. Promise.
We've moved Keely's baby loving stuff into the living room.
Since I got that little changing table. She has loved changing diapers. She also sits in the rocker and reads baby books to whoever is sleeping in the cradle. She's just gotten interested in dressing her animals/dolls, but the doll clothes are kind of hard to get on and off. I'm trying to think of a way to make some easily removeable clothes for her to play with. I've been dying to make some of the sweet little smocks type shirt/dresses going around, but I know if I do my gal won't wear it, so maybe I can get my fix by making some for dolls…with velcro instead of ties or something? First, I must make a cute diaper bag like someone else has and some more play diapers.
Today we've played all day. Feeding horses vegetables in their barn (which is the dining table), tea parties, re-arranging all small pieces of furniture to re-create our real living room in other rooms of the house. oy. She has pretend couches set-up everywhere. I'm tripping over things all the time now. I can't imagine where she gets this "must move furniture around" need from. hmmm. Alright, it's naptime and I'm off to research camera lenses, brush up my manual shooting mode knowledge (f-stop wha?) that has long been forgotten and study some photoshop all in 40 minutes. ha.
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