Extending Literacy


***Disclaimer:  This is a somewhat graphic bowel movement story.  You’ve been warned!***

The toileting adventure is going better than expected.  Other than separation anxiety, she was always good at transitions.  She went into her crib after 8 months of co-sleeping with no problems or screaming.  She weaned beautifully, although I secretly wished for her longing need to hang on to this one.  She moved from a crib to a big girl bed without missing a beat.  So, I guess I’m not that shocked that she took to this new challenge with such vigor. She was a little concerned at first about letting go of number 2, but she quickly realized that she literally couldn’t hold it in.  I mentioned in the past, at home she typically is either naked or in panties.  Today she was naked and busy playing in the playroom when she exclaimed, “Momma, I gotta poop”!  Now, she is 13 stairs away from the potty chair.  She starts walking up the stairs when it starts coming out.  Lucky for me, it was not a runny one, and it was easy to clean up.  I carry her up the last few steps and help her to the potty where she happily finished her business while reading.  In the past, I’ve talked about ways to extend literacy at home and this is no exception. 

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Please see my previous entry, The Readin’ Room, if you are so obliged.  She is coincidentally reading the book, Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi.  I have to say in the past four days, she only had one miss when Daddy was in charge and I was at the grocery.  He forgot that she might need some reminders while playing outside.  We had some unscheduled outings today and she did fabulous.   We visited a preschool for the older sister (she used the toilet there), we went to Target (she used the toilet there) and made two other stops before getting back home.  We were gone about 4 hours and no accidents!   If I didn’t think that she was up for the task, I wouldn’t do it, but she was so ready.   I know we still have some rough waters ahead, but for now, I’m so proud of my Big Girl!

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Jamberry, Blueberries for Sal  and The Litte Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear are some of their favorites.  I love to bring literacy and language into their daily lives. My oldest knows so many stories that if she finds one in her basket that she isn’t familiar with, she will exclaim, ‘Momma, I don’t know the words to this one.’ I love that at just three years old, she has already developed a love for reading. Even my one year old, who loves everything her big sister says and does, is developing a love for reading. She will sit and read books all day long with me and her big sister.

Anyways, since we’ve picked all kinds of berries this summer, it was time to go blueberry picking.  It is prime blueberry season here and my kids love blueberries.  The bushes were a bit tall for them, but they figured out how to do it.  My oldest would grab a branch and pull it down for herself and her sister to eat I mean pick the berries.  She is so thoughtful!

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My youngest even learned the word, ‘purple’ because we had to talk about not picking the green ones, just the purple ones, because as my oldest determined that blueberries were not actually blue, but purple.  So my youngest would exclaim as she stuffed the fruit in her mouth, ‘Pickin poople bootie berries, Momma’!  She did not however understand why she didn’t have any berries in her basket since she kept eating as she picked! 

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 After they both ate their fill, I wasn’t quite finished, so they found some sticks and amused themselves for another 20 minutes while I continued to pick berries.  My oldest was teaching my youngest how to write her name in the dirt using the sticks.  Since she knows how to write most of the letters of the alphabet, she would ask me how to spell certain words while I continued picking.  She really is a genius!  Both children used their sticks to write letters in the dirt.  My oldest is such a great role model for her older sister!  I pray that she will always be as kind and thoughtful to others as she is now. 

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Blueberries for SalJamberry with Hardcover Book(s)The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Child's Play Library) Cover