Category: Good Days w/ Eva
|March 26, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Good Days w/ Eva, Just Eva, Parenthood, Playtime Learning|
Inspired by the book “I Can Do it: Play-and-learn Activities to Help Your Child Discover the World the Montessori Way” (link here), I decided to do work with Eva on some basic life skills. The book recommends that we go through Chapters One and Two first before attempt the rest. Since Eva already knows some life skills like brushing her teeth, combing her hair, putting on her shoes and jacket (I started working on the jacket a few days ago and now I just need to open it for her and she’ll slip her arms in herself. Managing the zip catch still requires work but she’s an expert at zipping up and down!), I decided to see if she can handle skills like pouring and transferring. These skills will help with self-feeding as well as get her exercising those muscles she’ll need for learning to write next time.
Here is a series of pictures I took while we were busy working on this activity. It took about 15 minutes and I used kidney beans before moving onto rice to make things a little bit more challenging. She transferred the beans without any problems or spillage but the rice – ohno! One thing good about this activity is that it ties in with her love for cooking and she was so into it so much so that when asked if she wanted to watch a cartoon, she said NO! Hehehe.
I also got a glimpse of some skills which she picked up from me while she observed me as I cooked and baked – namely patting down the rice. I do that (patting and smoothing) when making fruit bars and the base for my cheesecake as well as cookies, etc. Nice to see that she’s applying what she sees and changing it to experiencing it herself.
Transferring from small to big jug – very easy, no spillage, pour all at one go.
Pouring from a big jug to a very small container – not so easy, requires some skill and manoeuvring. Some spillage!
Cleaning up some spillage; this time, we did some transferring using a teaspoon and two small containers.
Patting down the rice!
Adapting the method; instead of leaving both containers on the tray, she picks one up and makes herself more comfortable (I would think).
|March 17, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Good Days w/ Eva, Just Eva, Parenthood|
In an effort to potty train Eva, I decided to take a more relaxed approach which means
- No more scolding when she has accidents like wetting her pants, wetting her bed
- Wearing clothes that she can easily take off – stockings (all her pants have buttons – not potty friendly)
- Using training pants instead of cloth diapers (except at night)
- Asking every 1 hour or so.
I also went online and hunt around for a potty book as I read that some kids are more responsive to books instead of just explanation. A quick search gave me a very pretty illustrated book on how important it is to go on a potty (see the picture below).
While waiting for the book to arrive, we did the above mentioned methods. So far, so good. She tells us when she needs to go on the potty and no more rushing for it. I let her play, read on the potty – which explains why she has a chunk of Mega Blocks in her hand (she is pretending that it’s a camera). She even wakes up from her naps to go pee instead of peeing in the bed/diaper like she used to (although this can still be a hit and miss sometimes).
And here is the best news of all.
Last night, somehow in between all the chaos of handling Noah, phone call, etc, Eva went to bed without – *drumroll* – a diaper. And we didn’t even realize it until this morning. But guess what? The bed was dry and so was she. Could be first timers luck, I reckon. Hehehe.
|February 28, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Good Days w/ Eva, Just Eva, Videos|
Can you believe that it’s Eva’s first time in a merry go round?
I thought that since she was awfully good today – I didn’t scream at her or felt like strangling her (figuratively speaking) – and she took her nap when she was supposed to take it, we would go out after her afternoon nap. The weather was very nice – as you can see in the video. She went bonkers when she saw that the merry go round was open so after a few minutes of staring at the other kids, I thought what the heck, lets have some fun and let Eva have a ride. I paid €2 for the ride and at the end of it, I got a happy kid. Pretty fair trade, if you ask me.
All in all, a good day.
|January 31, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Good Days w/ Eva, Just Eva|
|December 10, 2011||Posted by Mabel under Good Days w/ Eva, Just Eva|
Since Noah’s appearance, the days have been chaotic at best and most of the time, it is often riddled with lots of conflict. I decided I had enough of looking at the negatives. Instead I would like to focus on the positives and take each day as it comes…just so I could cope better with this change. Hence the new category – good days with (insert name). I want to record and remember what a joy it was to be a mother to my two children and not get all caught up with the downs and struggles.
Noah had an appointment at the hospital today and when I was about to leave, I asked Eva if she wanted to come with me. My parents were still around and offered to take care of her but she insisted on coming with me so we got her dressed and all set for the trip. It was drizzling but she was nice, walking quickly, singing “Rain rain go away” and at the bus stop, she waited quietly for the bus without running here or there. She was tempted to see the train once (the train station was just next door) but I told her that we were waiting for the bus and she said okay. At the hospital, she was obedient, and joyful – singing songs, especially Christmas jingles all the way there.
While Noah went through his appointment, Eva played with the toys and the hospital and didn’t even once asked to be carried. No screaming, running or shouting either. She was hungry but patient enough to wait when I asked her to. In the bus, she nearly fell asleep – no wanting to stand on the seat and etc.
After her nap, she was polite and respectful of our wishes – no running about, shouting or tossing things. While I worked on dinner, she sat in her high chair, busy working on bits of dough I passed to her, munching on her teatime snack and so forth. After dinner, we had a bubble bath session – lots and lots of laughing. She tickled and try to load bubbles onto me and vice-versa. Even my hubby was surprised and glad to hear so much laughter after days of crying and spanking. She had a manicure and pedicure session (thanks to me) while she was on the potty and after getting dressed, I read a story, sang some Christmas songs and she asked me to go pump milk for Noah – a sign that she was ready for bed.
What a joyful day!