Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Some I make, some I buy and some we get as gifts...
We have pigtail bows, curlies, clippies, loopies, & regular bows....
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"Who is Caillou?" you ask...
From the Caillou website:
Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination. Surrounded by his parents, his little sister, Rosie, his grandparents and friends his age, Caillou discovers the world and just can't wait to grow up! Everything around him is an excuse to embark on exciting adventures, learn new things and have fun. Whether he's at school, at home or in a park, Caillou finds opportunities for learning and growing everywhere!
Each episode of the series is a slice of Caillou's life. Thanks to his vivid imagination, ordinary, everyday events quickly become exciting adventures where Caillou can play "make-believe". But Caillou can tell the difference between real life and pretending. When he is done playing make-believe, Caillou happily returns to the familiar daily routine of a 4-year-old. Indeed, each episode begins and ends firmly anchored in the real world.
Here is a picture of Caillou: (perhaps he looks familiar to you?)
So I did.
And it was...of course...a BIG deal.
I mean, really, if it was the real world, the library-card-guy would've been rude and snapped at Caillou for being too noisy in the library...
I have to admit, that Caillou's Mom does come up with some pretty great things for me to do with Kayley. Caillou's Mom is pretty interesting too.
Here, check this out from the Caillou website:
Caillou can always count on his Mommy to share his adventures and tuck him in with a bedtime story every night. Even with her hectic schedule, Mommy always manages to set aside time to be with him. Daddy is Caillou’s hero. Caillou especially likes spending time alone with his daddy, like the time he taught Caillou how to build a birdhouse in the backyard.
Who ARE these people???
I mean, Caillou's Mom puts up with Caillou, who is actually a pretty whiny kid...and she never gets frustrated. Her responses to his whining is always a patient, well though out answer, that ALWAYS seems to satisfy Caillou. In fact, we have never seen Caillou get in trouble, stand in a corner, pick on his little sister, chunk something or throw a tantrum. I've actually never seen any indication that Mom or Dad have a job, so they must be independently wealthy. I bet I would be a way better Mom if I was independently wealthy too! lol!! Dad is always home to help out with whatever is needed. The whole family dresses modestly, albeit frumpy. Caillou does go to "playschool" a few times a week where he doesn't push or shove his peers, he always shares, follows directions, and doesn't do anything gross like pick his nose or put his hands down his pants.
Ok, so the show is decidedly NOT realistic... not even a little bit.
But, if it gets my kid interested in reading, and she learns all the 'appropriate ways' to repsond in a sitution, then I guess she can continue to watch it.
At least PBS doesn't have commercials for sugar cereals, yogurt in tubes, Barbie, etc.
Oh...and why in the world is Caillou BALD?? I mean-hello - he's 4!!!
Friday, March 19, 2010
I like it for several reasons:
-Small class size.
-Modest clothing (i.e. uniforms!)
-You also kinda get what you pay for in schools today... for example, many public schools are doing away with recess, music, art and other enrichment programs due to a lack of funding. Private school, your tution is paying for those specialized programs...
-I also feel like public schools teach to the lowest common denominator...(ie. the dumbest kids in the class) leaving the smarter children bored and more likely to cause trouble.
I am also weighing the cons.
Some things I don't like:
-Convenience of walking Kayley to the bus (in my PJs) and waving bye-bye
(private school would require me to drive her to class and pick her up - pure laziness & selfishness on my part really.)
-The long-term comitment to driving and picking her up from school 2 days a week indefinitely.
-The fact that I will be held very accountable for Kayleys education...
what if I fail?
I am the kind of Mom that is pretty disorganized. I fly by the seat of my pants most days and really just do whatever I want. I know that this was subject to change as soon as Kayley starts school anyway, but I have wondered how these habits could effect my ability to effectively teach Kayley at home.
I have realized now that I am being too hard on myself. I find opportunities to teach all the time, but just didn't notice. Simple things like, number puzzles...
(technically our flowerbed...where she just dug up a blooming bulb. lol!)
We also read through the Friend, Highlights Junior, we have long discussions about anything she wants to know. We just learned a lot this week about germs and how they make you sick.
We have a chore chart where we are learning about responsibilities...
We do a craft project nearly everyday...just for fun.
We are learning how to tie our shoes and yes, even read.
Kayley can spell and write her name, she can tell you where your filtrum is located and what all the possible reasons are for a baby crying. She can count to 20, cough and sneeze in her elbow, use a napkin and feed the kitties.
She will say excuse me to a grown up when she needs to pass by.
She can tell you quite a bit about adoption.
She knows about eating healthy including what protein & vegetables do for your body.
She knows about the Holy Ghost, how to pray (she just gave her first primary prayer on Sunday without ANY help!!!), and what it means to be baptized.
She knows a LOT of things for a 3 year old.
I think I could do this.
She really, really IS this happy all the time.
Such a good baby.
Growing so fast.
And seriously, could she have any more hair?
Sheesh...I never have this much fun in the shower!
The canopy behind us... The Shrine Circus has been going on every year forever in Springfield. I went to the Circus here when I was Kayley's age....as did my parents. Pretty cool.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Fever as high as 102, some barfing, lots of hacking and coughing.
What a rough few days its been.
We made her a little bed on the couch where she spent most of her time.
Check out that awesome little refridgerator cool pack shaped like an ice cream cone.
Hobby Lobby 2 dollars!! She liked to hold it on her hot forehead.