Bitty Bug is 2 years 1 month old
Bitty Bug has been trying to do more work with Monkey in the school room this week. As a result, the school room usually looks like a tornado hit. So, we’ve also been working with Bug on putting things back on the shelf. This is a slow-going process for sure, but I think she’s starting to finally get it! At first, she resisted a lot, as toddlers tend to do. But slowly, she’s starting to come around and at least make an attempt to put things back on the shelf!
Bitty Bug is 25 months old
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Like Monkey, Bitty Bug got out of her routine of having good work times in the school room. Obviously, it wasn’t such a big deal to have her not be down there–the only reason she is in the school room is because Monkey’s down there. However, towards the end of the week, she was really getting into the work set out on the shelves.
One of the biggest things we’re working with is trying to get Monkey to put her things back on the shelf. If it was up to her, she’d just toss everything on the floor when she was done. Clearly, that’s not such a grand plan. 😉 So, a lot of my time is spent going back behind Monkey and assisting her in learning how to clean up her work space and put her items back on the shelf. I’d like to think we were making progress with that, but alas, I’m not sure we are. In time, in time…. But in the mean time, there is a whole lot of me down on my knees (not to beg… LOL! Just so I can be at her eye level), guiding her hands and modeling the appropriate conclusion to each activity.
When I wasn’t following behind the human tornado (and I mean that as lovingly as possible…), I did manage to snap a few pictures!
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Bitty Bug is 23.5 months old
I can’t believe this is my last Tot School post of Bug’s 1 year old year…she’ll be 2 years old later this week! I can hardly believe it’s true (already! Her last year of Tot School starts in a couple days…wow…). It seems like just yesterday, she was a tiny little baby, born a month early, and struggling to even stay awake. Now, she rarely sleeps, and she’s always running around exploring!
Here are some of the things Bug’s been working on this past week!
Jedi is 7 years 0 months old, Monkey is 3 years 10 months old, Bitty Bug is 22.5 months old
Last week was one of those incredibly busy weeks, as those early weeks in December tend to be. We had holiday visitors over this weekend, Tang Soo Do belt testing for Jedi and me (Monkey is doing her belt testing on Wednesday), and some sharp winter weather has hit Ohio hard.
Jedi was home from school today because of the winter weather (you might remember that Jedi isn’t homeschooled at this current point, as it is not the best arrangement for him. Sometime in the future he might be though! He does attend an awesome Montessori school though). So, Jedi decided he wanted to come join us today, even though the work is geared towards preschool and toddler…he took the work and made his own extensions though! It’s nice when he’s home and decides to work with the girls because he gives the unique experience of the only person in the house who has actually completed the first three year cycle of Montessori work!
Here are some pictures from this past week:
Monkey is 3 years 9 months old
It’s hard to believe that we’re already 3 months into the school year, and the winter holidays are getting closer. On one hand, it seems like we’ve just barely gotten started, but on the other hand, Monkey’s done so much and accomplished so many things in just 3 months. It’s amazing to see this process every day.
It feels like we’re finally making headway on the colors thing. She’s been able to match them for months, but because of her processing issues, she has such a hard time naming colors. She’s finally getting a couple of them, which is huge! And once she got those, it seemed like she was then ready for so much more–for starting to learn her letters and numbers, etc. She’s been so interested in those the past couple weeks.
Monkey also did really well with her Vietnamese lessons this week. She learned the words for ‘baby’, ‘mama’, ‘daddy’, ‘hi’, ‘goodbye’, ‘fish’, ‘ball’, and ‘swim’. She also learned the first couple lines of a song. She was pretty shy for her tutor, but on the way home, she started repeating the words. This week, I made her 3 part cards of the words she learned–that way she learns to read the words in Vietnamese (and it also helps me to remember the words as well. LOL!)
Here are some pictures from this week…
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Bitty Bug is 21.5 months old
Bitty Bug continues to gain a fierce sense of independence (except of course when you bring her into a room full of people she doesn’t really know…then she curls up and gets shy. 😉 ). But, she is getting very good at telling you what she wants, telling you that she wants to do it herself, and telling you when she feels wronged. And to a toddler with two older siblings, she feels wronged a lot…like any time they have something really cool in their hands that she really really wants at that moment. So, this week has been a week where Miss Bug learns some frustration tolerance, sharing, and how to deal with her big emotions. That’s a big job for any child, but when you’re a little toddler with a limited vocabulary, that can be very hard. So, we’ve seen a lot of tantrums this week, but we’ve also seen a lot of progress where she comes right to us and tells us what’s wrong. It might be hard to understand what she’s saying, especially when she’s so upset, but she’s trying really hard to express herself!
Here are some pictures of Bug’s week of learning….
Bitty Bug is 21.5 months old
This year was the first year Bitty But was really able to get into Halloween…last year she was just a wee baby. It was *so* fun watching her get into the season…apple picking, pumpkin picking, painting her pumpkin, dressing up as a ghost (and walking around the house after she put a little bucket on her head, and yelling “oooooooooooh I a GHOOOOOOST!” LOL!)…and she would point out decorations of “ha house” (her word for haunted houses), ghosts, mummies, and black cats. She really loved it all! I can’t wait until Christmas…if she loved the sights of autumn, she’s going to absolutely fall in love with the holiday season. It is awesome watching toddlers become so aware of their surroundings and discover thigns for the first time!
Even though Bug was so excited for the Halloween festivities this week, she also did a lot of good playing and learning this week as well! She even counted all the way to 13 multiple times this week!
(I just realized, she’s rarely ever wearing clothes in any of the pictures. I swear this child has a wardrobe that overflows her closet…but school time always happens right after breakfast. She always decides to strip naked before breakfast and never agrees to having her clothes put back on. LOL!)
Bitty Bug is 20.5 months old
For a while this past week, we actually thought autumn might arrive. The temperatures were nice and cool, the leaves started changing, the pumpkin farms are crowded, the fields around us began to be harvested. And then, it got right back up to 90 degrees again. Gotta love central Ohio! Regardless of summer’s refusal to let go, Bug enjoyed working with a lot of autumn themed work this week. She also loved going on walks almost every day since the weather has been so warm again…and she even decided to do a little exploring of the edge of a newly harvested field. It’s amazing how long some empty corn cobs can entertain a toddler! 😉