Happy 19 Months

Happy 19 Months

Good afternoon and happy Thursday! Paul bear is 19 months old today, and this will officially be the last monthly update. My focus going forward will be sharing activities that foster his development. Month 18 was spectacular; here are some of the milestones Paul has reached:

  • He holds books correctly; flips page by page; identifies front cover and back cover; identifies words and illustrations; and tries to read!
  • He falls asleep in his crib without nursing at night and sleeps from 7:30pm to 6am.
  • He has acquired a lot more language and he tries to say every word we ask him to say.
  • He puts on his shorts and pants and tries to pull them up and down.
  • He walks up and down any step holding onto the railing.
  • He still loves to pretend to cook and do chores
  • He gives good morning and good night kisses to everyone; including the cats.
  • He independently gives kisses when someone has a boo boo or is sad and He asks for kisses when he has a boo or is sad.
  • He LOVES snuggling.
  • Daytime nursing has increased because we weaned before bedtime and nighttime nursing.
  • He shakes his head yes and says NAH when he wants something.
  • He jokes!! When I say something like, “do we eat cat food?” He says “noooo”
  • When I say I love you, he looks at me and makes kissing gestures.
  • He loves imitating mama and dada and always wants to do chores like washing the dishes, doing laundry, and putting his toys away! Thank you Paul for helping keep our home clean =)
  • He is super strong; he can climb up almost anything at the park, and he can do pull ups and hold himself up on the monkey bars for longer than I can. We go to the playground everyday to work on his gross motor skills and strength.
  • He has become more interested in art; we are working on his fine motor skills through coloring, gluing, ripping paper, etc.
  • He loves books; he points to word when he reads.
  • He can make some animal sounds; he can make the sounds horses, sheeps, and dogs when asked.
  • He can identify the colors: red, blue, orange, green and purple.
  • He understands the prepositions behind, in front of, under, on top, in, out, etc.
  • He calls all women and girls “mamas”, all men “dadas”, all girls and boys “boys”.
  • His canine teeth are growing in, and he has been in so much pain. On days he is teething, nap is a no go. It’s okay though, it means extra snuggles for mama and dada!

These are some of the milestones Paul has reached this month =) Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy Friday =D

Activity of the Day: Object Permanence and Memorization Fun

Activity of the Day: Object Permanence and Memorization Fun

Good evening and happy Monday! Today, Paulie had so much fun engaging in an activity that really enhances his cognitive development. The activity involves placing an item underneath a bowl and asking the child to find the item. This is not a new activity for Paul; when he was younger, I used to place an object under one of two bowls. Now that he is older, I use three bowls. Paul watches me place the object under one of the bowls, and then he watches me mix them. The way I line them up varies. After I mix them, I ask him, “where did the (for example) ball go?” and then he looks for it. After we engage in the activity for a while, I add another object; so now he has to remember where two objects are. He watches me place one object under one bowl, the other object under another bowl, watches me mix the bowls, and then looks for the item that I ask him to find. This activity offers a great opportunity to enhance language development. Use as much language as possible. Explain what you are doing; what he is doing; and use as many descriptive words as possible. The language that we used during this activity was: yellow, ball, under, red, bowl, red, triangle, smaller, larger, bigger, mix, mixing, mixed, round, circle, over, in, out, ridges, bumpy, smooth, watch, lift, find, etc.

Here are some pictures! =D

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you have a happy day! =D

Activity of the Day: Playing with Rice

Activity of the Day: Playing with Rice

Good afternoon and happy Thursday! As an early childhood educator, placing rice in the sensory table was always one of my favorite activities to do with the children. For such a simple activity, so much learning can occur so long as it is facilitated =) Today, Paul played with dry rice for the first time, and he had so much fun learning through this sensory activity! 

Sensory develoment 

  • He manipulated the rice by squeezing it with his hand, pinching it with his fingers, rubbing it on the floor with his hands, and using other tools such as bowls, measuring cups, and blocks to manipulate the rice with. 
  • He also felt the rice as I poured it on his hands and hid his hands underneath the rice. 
  • He picked and swiped the rice to find my hand, as well as other objects, hidden in the rice. 

Language Development

  • We used the following words during this activity: grain, hard, small, slippery, dump, pour, drop, rub, hide, hiden, cover, slip, a lot, a little, add, subtract, etc 
  • I used the following commands and questions: pick it up with your fingers, squeeze it with your hands, rub the rice between your hands, rub the rice on the floor with your hands, where are the shapes, where is my hand, where is your hand, use the scoop to scoop the rice into the bowl, etc. 
  • the goal is the expose Paul to as much language as possible. 

Fine motor development 

  • He is using his hands and fingers to manipulate the rice and tools. 

Cognitive development 

  • He engaged in pretend play =) he pretended that he was eating and cooking with the rice. He served us both rice in bowls and said “num num” and pretended to eat it. He even used utensils! 
  • He followed the commands and thought about the questions I asked.
  • He is practicing two step commands, such as “pick up the rice with your hand and eat it.”

Here are some pictures: 

Activity of the Day: Making Banana Bread

Activity of the Day: Making Banana Bread

Happy Tuesday! Today, Paul had so much fun learning through making, tasting, smelling, and exploring all of the ingredients needed for baking Banana bread. 

Language Development 

  • The following academic language was used during this activity: add, plus, subtract, minus,  more, less, bigger, larger, smaller, equal, first, second, third, then, last, finally, solid,  liquid, etc
  • The following language was also used: soft, wet, warm, hot, cold, hard, stick, butter, eggs, one, two, cups, measuring cup, bowl, flour, rise, sugar, sweet, stick, sticky, salt, salty, nits,  pecans, crumble, mash, fork, masher, mashed, pour, dump, mix, batter, in, on top, pre heat, oven, oven mit, rough, smooth, grainy, soft, etc

Sensory develoment 

  • He felt the difference between a cold stick of butter and hot melted butter. 
  • He felt the difference between a banana and mashed bananas. 
  • He felt the texture of flour, sugar, salt, egg shells, and the batter. 

Fine motor development 

  • He manipulated all of the ingredients and tools with a his fingers and hands.

Cognitive Develoment 

  • Practicing following one step, two step, and three step commands such as “pick up the spoon and scoop the sugar into the bowl”

This was a fun activity that strengthened Paul’s language, sensory, cognitive, fine motor, culinary and mathematical skills. Here are some pictures =)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a happy day =)

Activity of the Day: Making and Manipulating Mud

Activity of the Day: Making and Manipulating Mud

Happy Sunday! Today, Paul had lots of fun learning through making mud and getting dirty! 

Sensory Development 

  • Paul touched and explored the dirt in four phases. First he explored the dirt before we added water; then watched and felt the dirt as it turned into mud as we added the water; then played with the mud while it was wet; and then  explored the mud after it was completely dried up and hard from the sun. 

Language Development

  • During this activity, I used as much language as possible. We used the following words: dirt, dry, soft, dirty, gritty, mud, muddy, dump, add, pour, water, wet, sticky, heavy, light, sunlight, hot, dried, hard, etc.

Fine Motor Development 

  • Paul used multiple grips and grasps to manipulate the dirt, mud, and tools that were used during this activity.

Cognitive Develoment

  • Paul learned how the state of dirt changes to mud when water is added; and how mud hardens when it is exposed to sunlight.

Here are some pictures;

Activity of the Day: Learning Mathematical Concepts through the Manipulation of Blocks

Activity of the Day: Learning Mathematical Concepts through the Manipulation of Blocks

As a early childhood educator, the constructive play area is an essential center in my classroom because it provides children with mathematical learning opportunities through the manipulation of blocks. In this center, children play with abstract geometrical shapes to create a structure using their imagination. During this play, students develop a foundation for spatial reasoning, spacial orientation (knowing how to get around; mapping), number sense (estimating, counting, understanding the meaning of the words many, few, less and more), geometric thinking (generalizing shapes across contexts by creating, manipulating, and drawing shapes), spacial visualization (using a mental image to manipulate imagined movements), problem solving, recognizing attributes of shapes (understanding points and lines), and understanding AB patterns (understanding repetitive and growing patterns strengthens the foundation of algebraic thinking; for example, a repetitive pattern of circle square circle square circle square). 

Paul has officially started building; and he is currently learning how to balance blocks on top of each other. =D Here are some pictures:

36 Weeks Update

Good evening and happy Monday! I am now 36 weeks pregnant and have 28 days left until my due date. My tummy is feeling incredibly heavy, like I am carrying around a 20 pound kettlebell; a very adorable and active kettlebell of course =D I have been getting a lot of cramping and Braxton hicks contractions this week, which has me thinking about my birth plan. The plan is to go natural if I can, I would like to experience medication free childbirth at least once. If the pain is too intolerable, I will be getting an epidural, which is a little frightening to me. I really dislike the idea of having a tube sticking out of my back and a catheter inserted into my body. I also dislike the idea of feeling paralyzed from the waist down, so I am hoping I can tolerate the pain enough to experience childbirth. =D

Matt and I have a few names picked out; we have been calling him one of the names for the passed few months, but we are not set on it. A few days ago, Matt called out the names that we were discussing to my belly, and our son responded to the name that we have been calling him over the passed few months by giving us a big movement. It was incredible =D

Body

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Here is my body at 36 weeks pregnant. I am now 140 pounds, so I gained a pound and half this week. This time, eating empty calories is not to blame for the extra half pound of weight gain =)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a happy Monday <33