Friday, June 29

signs, books, and other tidbits

I mentioned that signs were of interest. Still are big on the radar for Miss 4. Loves the danger ones best. *roll of eyes* Recognises a Give Way sign and knows that it means, 'to let the other cars go first'. Hilarious.

This week she tried a very earthy-tasting chestnut mushroom and lentil soup, and enjoyed it. Yesterday she asked for a second bowl. woot!

We've got to an earlier sleep routine - quieting down around 9pm, asleep by 10, up at 8am.

We scored a Disney dwarves house (and all 7 dwarves) from a charity shop on our Devon trip. What a find!

Fridays are still our library day, with toddler time. Although we go an hour later these days, as it's mostly full of younger ones and she begins to get fed up waiting for anything to happen. We're still one of the few that actually sit and read books.

We borrowed, and will re-borrow later today, Bugs by the Numbers. Cool book, especially for bug lovers. Little ones can enjoy the flaps, slightly older ones the simple facts, and even older ones the more complicated facts. Think I'll buy it for her.

Wednesday, June 27


We had a lovely time in Devon. Busy, scouting areas to live, visiting a school... Miss 4 travelled well and we found many play grounds for her.

So I finally decided, school it is. Home education (homeschooling in USA) was my ideal, but it has to work for everyone. She loves interacting so much, and having friends, and I have an enormous list of things I want to do (write a book is first....). I believe that no one can offer her what her mama can, but I can't be a young playmate.

Ordinary school just wasn't going to satisfy me, but along comes Steiner schools. Offering a nurturing environment especially in the early years. All about allowing children the joy, simplicity, freedom, and no pressure, that childhood deserves.

We visited the South Devon Steiner school and it's a dream - the kindergarten is like a fairy grotto, the teacher was lovely. Now we wait to hear back from them for a formal offer of a placement for her - they meet today.

Friday, June 8

messy play

Even the feet! How thrilled was she!?
At the local museum.

Monday, June 4

Miss 4and a bit

You finally shifted from referring to yourself in 3rd person, but have reverted to it this week - I have no idea why. Your drawing leaped from heads with limbs to recognisable little girls (usually yourself) and always a cat, right now. You become exceedingly lethargic (like your dad) when it's very hot and especially humid - lots of naps when we arrived in a very warm England.

You still need Home very much, and have asked to go back to 'my house' because you miss it. You're happy here, at baba & deda's place, but it is not Home.

You're no longer obsessed with words and letters. Your reading is wonderful, far above your age, but you're not pushing for it. Signs hold a lot of interest right now - Stop, Give Way, No Smoking. Yes, the ones with a warning are your favourites. Whenever you spot one - what does that one say? We bought Dinosaurs Day Out as it has a lot of sign learning.

You still love the library but you're a little bored with Toddler Time as you're older now. So I'm taking you later, to catch more of the stories and singing.

You enjoy telling yourself stories with your toys. You adore the computer and I have to monitor your time. But it's perfect for you - detailed, logical, thinking..... it's who you are.

You're still thrilled at being allowed to ride the stroller/push chair and playing with mud.

You went to the dentist for the first time, right before we left Montenegro. You were very pleased to do it and very pleased to be told that your teeth were perfect and 'like pearls'.
When I bought you a lollipop you reminded me that they're not good for our teeth! I assured you this was a special sugar-free one, from that health store. You also asked for hazelnuts.

Your favourite meals are lentil (red split pea) soup and Bolognese with shell pasta. You still enjoy honey yoghurt, porridge, cheerios, wholemeal toast, peanuts, crisps, most soups, bananas, jar fruit, occasionally cream cheese, Edam or Gouda cheese, rice cakes, apples, cheesy crackers, pizza, sugar-free cookies, mashed potato, almonds....

..... and you love chocolate ice-cream.