Well Baby Z and I have been busy! We finally are settled in a routine after moving and have taken full advantage of our iPad. He is now 16 months old. Finally walking.
Right now we typically do:
2 sessions of Little Reader
2 Sessions of Little Math
2 sessions of Little Chinese
2 Sessions of Little Musician
3 sessions of ABCmouse.com
1 session of Hooked On Phonics app
1-2 sessions of Preschool Prep app- Shapes
1-2 sessions of Preschool Prep app- Numbers
1-2 sessions of Preschool Prep app- Sight Words 1
2-3 sessions of Teach Me Toddler
We also spend a lot of time reading, counting, and just playing.
16 months there seems to have been a whole lot of changes. He is crossing over from being a baby to being a toddler. I cant believe how many words are starting to come out of his mouth, just out of nowheres like:
– Cat(he also meows back at our cat)
– Boob (when he wants to nurse. Not great I know, but its kind of funny… for now)
He’s not as big into signing as his brother was. But then thinking back Wes didnt really start signing till he was 22 months, and he was in a daycare located in our local deaf centre. Half his teachers were deaf.
Well this is a much overdue update. Suddenly in July we had the opportunity to purchase our own home. Possession date Aug 1st. Yikes is all I can say. In one months time we uprooted our family and my home daycare and moved across the city.
We when from a shabby rental house, to a beautifully renovated house of our own, complete with Z Wave lighting throughout. I know Tracy has been stalking my blog for update in hopes of seeing photos of the house, so for anyone else that might be interested LOL here is a shot of my kitchen and upstairs bathroom. Tracy, if you want to see any more you will have to come visit in person.
All I have to say is I’m in HEAVEN! I love our new area! Its honestly amazing! Beautiful splash pad for the kids. The community of home daycares here is second to none. Wesley will be starting school next week and I’m hoping that the school will also be amazing. So far I have a wonderful impression.
Our basement is nearly complete, should be done late next week. *fingers crossed*. But that means I can now move my daycare from my living room, down to the basement. The kids have so much room to run and play. Last week I only had the train table and a toybox of megablocks and they were in heaven. This weekend I’m hoping to get it all setup. My dream is to turn it into a early learning haven.
Baby Z is almost 16 months old! Last week he started taking steps. He’s getting pretty brave on his feet and I think in a few weeks he will be unstoppable.
Honestly Early Learning took a bit of a back seat the last month or two as you can image. As did Elimination Communication. But we are getting right back on board. We started back up with our BrillKids programs. Oh man! He was so excited as soon as the program started. I didn’t realize how much he miss it. We are also fully utilizing our iPad. I’m guiding Baby Z through Teach Me Toddler, Preschool Prep Numbers, Colors and Shapes, as well as Hooked on Phonics. I’m guiding his hand and using the programs as bits of informations. I allow him opportunities to select answers himself and much to our amazement when we catch him in the right mood, he selects the correct answers. But to me really it is all about INPUT.
You know I often think throughout the day, “I need to update and write about this…” And for some reason I just can’t get here and do it.
Can you believe on the 9th of this month Wesley turned 8. 8 FREAKING years old! I can’t believe life has gone by so fast. We had a great time at his party at McDonald’s.
Well ok I’ll be honest, it started off CRAZY! We arrived 20 mins before 2, and there was NOTHING done. The reserved area was not set up, other customers were eating their lunches in OUR spots. I was instantly panicked. The staff eventually went and got it set up JUST in time for the arrival of our guest. I was pissed. We didn’t have our host, our food was late, no help with cleanup. But the important thing is the kids had fun.
We did an Angry Birds theme. I had ordered Angry Birds decorations, but they did not arrive in time for the party. But honestly now I’m glad because we didn’t really need them. When it came to cake time Wesley wanted so desperately to slingshot the red bird right on the cake. LOL I had to explain to him it was just a decoration. But in the end it was ok because he got 4 or 5 sets of actual angry birds characters and blocks to knock over. All of them were Angry Birds Star Wars. The cake looked much better in the picture. I was a cupcake cake so I guess it was more difficult to decorate. Since Wesley is still gluten and dairy free I brought him a gf/cf free double chocolate chip muffin.
May 5th, last Sunday was Zakari’s 1st birthday. Honestly I can’t believe its been a year already. He’s growing up so fast, yet is still so small. I took him to Youville 2 days ago to weigh him in, he is 18lbs, 27inches tall and his head is 19.25 inches. I called the nurse to look at his growth chart. According to my calculations, he’s fallen off the map for weight and his head is officially over the top.
He is full force crawling in a cross patterned motion. He’s not the kind of kid that likes to walk holding someones hand. But thats ok for brain development. Like Glenn Doman says, getting them back on the floor.
Well my youngest baby is officially 11 months old. How is time flying by so fast??
What is going on with Baby Z?
- He started eating more food chopped into little cubes instead of puree. He is refusing pablum half the time. I think we are getting close to packing up the Baby Bullet for any future children. Its amazing how different each child really is. My oldest was on baby food till almost 2 and loved pablum for breakfast until almost 3.
- We are crawling. Well… Almost. Baby Z can push his way forward in kind of a military style on his tummy if something truly intrigues him. Like Daddy’s iPhone or PS3 controller. Since he has Physio tomorrow, I’m going to bring Daddy’s PS3 controller to show the therapist what he can do. He is awesome at crawling backwards on his hands and knees. And this month he mastered being able to sit up from a crawling position.
- Using his shape sorter, Baby Z is able to put things in and out of the container without a lid. He also understands that when the lid is on your suppose to put the square in the square and the circle in the circle hole, and so on. He’s not able to do this on his own yet, but hand over hand he loves doing it.
- Little Reader, Little Math, Little Musician, Flashcards, this boy loves to learn. During the game section of Little Reader, I’m noticing his eyes shooting to the right answer about 80% of the time. Besides that I’m still enjoying the fact that I can’t quiz him, and everything is 100% input. No pressure 🙂
- Right now Leap Frog Letter Factory and Phonic Farm are his favorite shows. He can be full force screaming his head off in the backseat of the car and then someone starts singing “Every Letter has a Sound” he stops crying and listens. The ABCs are almost as powerful. We decided to do his 1st birthday in an ABC/Leapfrog theme.
I purchased these wooden stacking blocks at a thrift store in another town over. Only problem was it was missing #1. I was going to leave them, but I decided for 50cents I could find a substitute number 1. Well later that week I went to a local thrift store and what did I find? Another half set of the SAME wooden nesting/stacking blocks for 50cents. Best part was this incomplete set DID have the number 1! I would have kicked myself if I had left behind the first set.
So my 2 year old daycare kiddo and I built the towers and Baby Z knocked them over. Then I let him explore these block. His physiotherapist wanted him to work on taking objects out of later containers, and then once he got that, putting objects into a larger container. I’m proud to say my little guy is doing both skills!
We mixed it up a bit with some color stacking cups and a fisher-price shape sorter.
We are making a conscience effort to read every day. Right now we have read 220 books since January 1st. Our goal is still to read 2013 books by December 31. We may not get there, but we are having a lot of fun trying!
We are still loving our BrillKids baby software. Baby Z is now starting to look at the right option during the Little Reader games. I also realized how to edit the Little Math lessons to make them in more bite size presentations. Oh and course his eyes still light up during Little Musician, especially during Chord Recognition.
We are going through all the physical flash cards I have sitting in a bucket. This week we managed to retire 30 cards.
All and all this week was a great one! Praying for another great week!
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Now that Baby Z is getting bigger and loves to explore I have been organizing like crazy! I’ve been going from thrift shop to thrift shop, watching online on kijiji and Auction Wars for good deals on educational baby toys(and I mean really educational, not what Fisherprice calls educational), or items I can turn into something for him.
I have been searching high and low for more letters for our Leap Frog Fridge Phonics and Word Whammer. I also go a second set of the Fridge Farm. Right now its mostly exploring, banging blocks together and taking the pieces out that one of us puts in for him, but he’s really enjoying it. And I think taking things apart teaches kids just as much as putting them together.