Rosie’s new obsession this month is “last one down is a rotten egg” when going down the stairs. Then she changes her mind frequently and decides that “last is best”.
She has been singing the thanksgiving songs she learned at school, and she performed them with her class when we had a potluck thanksgiving dinner with her school. We made scalloped potatoes, that Rosie called “skeleton” potatoes.
She has been playing a lot with her brother - playing hide and seek, tag, duck duck goose, house, and doggie (with Sammy as the doggie of course). This morning they were pretending their bowls of oatmeal were birthday cakes and sticking the spoons straight up like candles and singing Happy Birthday to each other.
She is so excited to be learning to read and spell. She is always trying to read words and signs and asking what things say or how things are spelled. She is reading stop signs, no parking signs, the open signs on buildings, telling Sammy how to spell his name, how to spell MOM, telling Sammy he needs to take an N-A-P. She loves school, though sometimes she comes home on her full day exhausted and tells me “I had a hard day”….
We had our first parent-teacher conference at Rosie’s school at the beginning of the month and it was everything a parent could hope to hear. The teachers love her and say she is a joy to have in the classroom. The other kids look up to her, they said she is the leader of the other kids. They are impressed with her reading skills and can tell she loves to learn. Joe and I were both in tears during the conference hearing the glowing praises of our little girl. Now the big decision is whether to continue with the Montessori way of learning. Rosie really seems to be able to be self-directed and thrive in this learning environment where she gets to choose what she is interested in, and I would hate to squash her love of learning in a more controlled environment. There is a public Montessori school in the area (ie - FREE) - but it would be a 30-45 minute drive each way. It is definitely something we will be seriously researching in the next few months. I just took a few books out of the library on the Montessori philosophy and how it works in grade school to see if it is something we want to commit to for Rosie.
Sammy still worships his big sister (most of the time) and tries to copy whatever she is doing. He can easily count to 10 when they are playing tag - and he knows the way to play games, saying “ready or not here I come” and chasing her around the house. He also loves playing chase with the doggie. He has a lot of cute sayings he took from Rosie:
“oh my gosh!” “it’s my favorite” “he’s so adorable!” (said when watching Aristocats) - and my new favorite, at dinnertime - telling me about the dinner I made “it’s delicious!”
He is still mumbling quite a bit, especially when he is tired, and sometimes even I can’t understand him. He is such an active boy, always jumping on the trampoline, running through the house, kicking a ball or throwing a ball, making mountains of pillows and jumping or climbing on them. This morning he was playing basketball and saying “oh man” when he missed and “all right!” or “high five” when he makes it.
We had a great thanksgiving at Uncle Jack and Aunt Arlene’s house today. We are all home in bed now with full bellies and are thankful for spending time with family. We plan on decorating the house for the holidays and getting a Christmas tree this weekend.
Good night from the Greenwalds