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Archive for June, 2007

Progress

Week 4, Block 5
We’ve been singing again. Actually, Puggle’s been singing almost all the time. And he’s rather into improvisation at the moment. He’ll begin with one song, mix it up with another, and then head off somewhere completely unknown. At some length!

He’s continuing to notice letters, and is pretty good about recognising most of the ones we’ve done so far. He’s had a couple of days where he’ll say a sound and then list all the words he can think of that begin with that sound—pretty much all the ones he begins with are ones we’ve ‘taught’ him (from alphabet books or the like), but he’s starting to add his own. He’s also beginning to come across words (mostly concrete nouns) and then exclaim excitedly and tell us what they start with. Up until this week, he’s mostly done that for one sound that we’ve been doing recently, but this week he’s begun to do one letter, exhaust the possibilities, then move onto the next letter. He spent about twenty minutes on this after dinner the other night. He does still get caught out, but it’s mostly things like ‘r’. He still pronounces it ‘w’, so water and rooster both start with the same sound:-)

This week, he’s also begun discovering rhyme. He obviously doesn’t have a clear idea of what it is yet. “Mama, ‘dark’ and ‘yellow’ rhyme!” But he does often get it right (sometimes thanks to Dr Seuss:-) ), or not quite right (still/ball). He’s very clearly narrowing down the explanation:-)

He’s been doing a lot of craft:-) Lots of punching out shapes, and gluing and cutting and sticky taping. For today’s birthday party, he made a placemat for the present (I’m planning a separate post about the placemats). He has his own scissors, and loves to cut things (mostly paper, but this week he’s also been ‘pruning’). This week though, I’ve got down the fancy scissors. He decided that he wanted me to use them on the gift placemat, but he spent a lot of time cutting up other paper using them—then he stuck the pieces together to make a doll’s house:-) He even managed to glue some of the leaves he pruned to a piece of paper!

Altogether, it’s been a fairly productive week… Once again though, not really with all the reading I’d planned. Need to work on that next block. I’ve been able to switch swimming around, so I’m hoping that lets me get more of a handle on getting started!

My Love Language

My turn.

The Five Love Languages

My primary love language is probably
Physical Touch
with a secondary love language being
Acts of Service.

Complete set of results

Physical Touch:   12
Acts of Service:   6
Words of Affirmation:   5
Receiving Gifts:   4
Quality Time:   3

Information

Unhappiness in relationships, according to Dr. Gary Chapman, is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. Sometimes we don’t understand our partner’s requirements, or even our own. We all have a “love tank” that needs to be filled in order for us to express love to others, but there are different means by which our tank can be filled, and there are different ways that we can express love to others.

Take the quiz

This Week

Our plans for
Week 4, Block 5
‘Up the Wooden Hill to Blanket Fair’, ‘If I had a Little Donkey’ from My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
‘Time to Rise’, from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
‘The Nettle Spinner’ from The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck by Beatrix Potter
Folksong: Lavender’s Blue
Composer: Robert Schumann
Work: Symphony No 2 in C Op 61
Artist: JMW Turner
Work: Rome from the Vatican
Art Activity: Glue leaves to paper. Make a leafy ‘L‘.
Cooking: Bread

Progress

Week 3, Block 5
Not so much on the planned front. I did do a fair amount of sorting out and putting away, so that some of Puggle’s materials are a little more accessible. As a result he’s been doing some punching (of the paper sort) and gluing and cutting.
He’s also been doing a fair amount of talking about fishing (he went with is father, grandfather and uncle last weekend, only caught blowies, and froze, but had a ball), as well as a fair bit of book time.
I did begin re-reading The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots which was one of the stories I had planned to read a couple of months ago. We’re going to this in a few weeks, and I figured that it would be nice for him to be familiar with the story:-)

Teeth!

I was intending to post a couple of days ago about Bilby’s new tooth. After months of no changes (but constant dribbling!), the top left was finally through! Of course, now I come to write this, she has another two new teeth! The next two on the bottom of row have also come through. Looking at her mouth, I don’t think the other top tooth will be far off.
It’s rather a relief that the drool is finally having some result!

Crafty Crowd

I had a great time at the crafting:-) I actually got some Hardanger done, which I haven’t in an age. There were people knitting, sewing jumpers, doing Afghan(?) crochet (oh my goodness, so amazing!), feltwork, hemming curtains, making invitations, sewing previously embroidered projects, stamping and writing reports:-) (have I missed any?) There was also a good number who came just for the conversation:-) The children did some cutting and sticking and weaving. Fortunately, people came in two waves… There was one point in the middle where I don’t know that much craft got done, because there just wasn’t enough room…

I have already planned to do much the same thing next month, for Christmas in July. I’m really quite tempted to make it a monthly event.

The one disappointment was the appearance of my Friands:-( I chose to make them because they’re one of my ultra-simple, very reliable recipes. I hadn’t made that size batch before, and while the batter consistency and flavour were the same… something wasn’t right! It made half again the quantity I was expecting (and it’s never before done that!), the surface texture was just wrong, and the cooked consistency didn’t allow them to turn out:-( But, as I said, the flavour was right, so even though they were significantly deformed, people ate them enthusiastically:-)

A couple of things were left behind. Most I could identify, but there was a white cloth hat that could belong to one of a couple of people.

This Week

Our plans for
Week 3, Block 5
‘Here Am I, Little Jumping Joan’, ‘I had a Little Nut Tree’ from My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
‘The Moon’, ‘Singing’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
‘Rapunzel’ from The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck by Beatrix Potter
Folksong: Lavender’s Blue
Composer: Robert Schumann
Work: Symphony No 2 in C Op 61
Artist: JMW Turner
Work: Rome from the Vatican
Art Activity: Make a king’s crown. Make a kissy ‘K‘.
Cooking: Bread

Progress

Week 2, Block 5
We did some reading, and some cooking (although, not bread), lots of ‘j’s, and we made a jellyfish.
Paper Jellyfish
Take one paper plate, and one A4 piece of paper. I drew lines lengthways along the paper to give Puggle a guide for cutting (of course, he then wanted me to cut them:-) ). The next stage is to colour in the strips, and then concertina them. In spite of the fact that he pestered me about making it all day, he would only fold two of the legs. He was more than happy to stick them on the plate with sticky tape though:-)

And of course, we sang:-)

Beer

“Mama, may I have a beer?”

“To open for Dada and Uncle S?”

Needless to say, my answer was no!

(Uncle S gave him a huge carabena with attached beverage wrenches shaped like animals. He likes to help Dada and Uncle S open their beers:-) )

Names

I’ve always been fascinated by names. Naming our children was a time-consuming process. I’ve been reading the Baby Name Wizard blog for a while, and she included the link to this, which looks really interesting. I typed in our children’s names, and a couple that we were debating, and it came out with quite a number of others that we were also considering—plus others. Very cool!

A Book Look

Yet another thing I’ve been meaning to do is invite people to my Book Look (that’s not a link to the actual invite…just the company). Think a tupperware party—just with books!

When: Saturday June 30 at 3pm
Where: Our place
What: To peruse fabulous books!
Why: Do you need a reason to look at books? For yourself? For children you know? For friends?

I’ll have some nibbles, and everyone is welcome (please let me know if you’re coming, so I have an idea of how many nibbles to do!)

If you can’t come (I know some of you are Terracon-ing) but you’re interested, I have a catalogue you can peer through, or you can always book a party!

This Week

Our plans for
Week 2, Block 5
‘Dance To Your Daddy’, ‘Puss Came Dancing Out of the Barn’ from My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
‘My Bed is a Boat’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
‘Twelve Brothers’ from The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter
Folksong: Lavender’s Blue
Composer: Robert Schumann
Work: Symphony Number 1 in B flat, Op. 38 ‘Spring’
Artist: JMW Turner
Work: The Boys Catching Crabs
Art Activity: Make a paperplate jellyfish. Make a jungle ‘J‘ (covered in green paaper leaves).
Cooking: Bread

Birthday Celebrations

I’ve been terribly slack (a phrase I obviously use quite often, as Puggle has taken to saying it daily…)!

My birthday is coming, and I’ve been meaning to post for weeks inviting people to come and help me celebrate. So…

Sunday 17th June at our place, I intend to be crafting in the afternoon (as soon as kidlets are napping, so anytime from 1). Puggle (and Paddington) will be heading out with my brother to go fishing, so I won’t have too much chasing to do:-) Come and join me (kids are welcome, even though Puggle won’t be here), bring your craft, or just come to chat.

Progress

Week 1, Block 5
Hmmm… we’ve done some reading, but I think mostly what this week has been about is the outdoors. We’ve done some gardening, but I’ve really made an effort to spend the time outside. So, we’ve spent a couple of days around a rug outside. While the weather is nice, I’m trying to make the most of it. I spent a little while sketching a plan, and Puggle decided that he should be drawing too. So he got his writing things and had a lovely time drawing with me, on the blanket.

Bilby joined us which was lovely. I’m not sure quite how to manage her outdoors. She’s not crawling, but she gets around very quickly—pulling herself across the ground. This is okay inside, but outside… she picks up grass and sand (and puts them in her mouth!). I do have her on a blanket, but she soon moves off it. I guess it will sort out soon—I don’t expect it’ll be much longer till she crawls, and then at least she’ll be off the ground a bit more and her hands will be occupied:-)

We did also make bread. Puggle measured and stirred it, and kneaded one of the loaves the final time. We started at the wrong time, so he was asleep when the first kneading needed to happen. Better timing this week. Hopefully this block will get us back into the habit of breadmaking:-)

This Week

Our plans for
Week 1, Block 5
‘Elsie Marley’s Grown So Fine’, ‘Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?’ from My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
‘The Lamp Lighter’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
‘Kari Woodengown’ from The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter
Folksong: Lavender’s Blue
Composer: Robert Schumann
Work: Symphony Number 1 in B flat
Artist: JMW Turner
Work: The Boys Catching Crabs
Art Activity: Make an indigo ‘I‘.
Cooking: Bread

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