Monday, March 30, 2009

Tot School--S Week

Isaiah is 37 months old

We continued with the letters of Isaiah's name, hence the jump from I to S.

We have this foam alphabet set, so I pulled out the "S" and let him play with it.

Scooting! We have this scooter board that Isaiah used to crawl with, but he's really too big for it now; it slows him down. Since his sitting has improved so much, I put him on the scooter board this way, and off we went all around the apartment. He loved it!

If you can guess what kind of cereal this is, then well, you can guess what kind of cereal this is. Sorry, no prize comes with the box this time. We did however use the contents for our snack a couple times this week.

The original idea was for Isaiah to put the little stars on the big S and then eat them, but well, that didn't work. Instead I covered the S with stars, and he ate the away to find his letter of the week.

Self-portrait. Here are some of Isaiah's attempts at a self-portrait. I held the camera while he pushed the button, I'm not quite that trusting to let him do it completely on his own, yet!

Sorting. We tried to clean out the school supplies cabinet. We made some progress.

Stickers. This was the first time Isaiah has used stickers. I think that he liked them.

Shirt, shorts, socks, shoes. Aunt Beth, Uncle Jason and Jake gave Isaiah this puzzle, and all the pieces were labeled with S-words!

And speaking of socks, Isaiah is really into helping to dress himself lately, which is lots of fun. He'll even try to put his socks on himself, which is really hard for him.

Strawberries! We read The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear several times. We even ate fresh strawberries, which was very exciting and helped it feel a little less like winter.

We also went shopping and shared some soft-serve ice cream. We talked about shiny and silly hats when we read Old Hat, New Hat. I had wanted to make some silly hats, but we ran out of time. But we did plenty of other silly things which involved lots of smiles and giggling and rolling around and dancing! We also went for lots of walks in the sun on our sidewalks that aren't as slippery with snow now! Saturday we celebrated a wedding, which also involved walking around and seeing lots of statues (come back for the explanation of that one in another post!) and lots of fun silliness!

Lately I've been wondering if what I'm doing is helping Isaiah, well, for different reasons. Tonight as we were riding the metro on the way home from church, I heard a little "ssss", "sss", "sss" over and over. He wasn't reading "S" from a sign or anything (Russian "S" looks like English "C"), he was just saying the sound of the letter. I then realized that he was saying words with the "s" sound better than he had before we started focusing on the letter! I thank God for this encouragement to me. I'm excited to see what will happen during A-week!

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