I don’t know if I’m breaking any sort of rule by picking two words for letter B, but on this day I just have to. B is for Bee and Button.
Me: What are you drawing, Winnie, a T.V.?
Winnie: No. They aren’t the same, Mommy.
She draws two examples on the whiteboard. One has a big screen that fills the whole box.
Winnie: Here’s the T.V.
The second drawing has a tiny little box screen atop two dials.
Winnie: THAT’s a television, Mommy.
Then Button explains how it is done.
Button: See, Mommy, first you draw a foreshortened square, like this.
I looked at her with a funny look on my face.
Me: A what??
Button: A foreshortened square!
She rhymes it off like everyone and their dog should know such a common word.
Sadly, Winnie swiped the board with that eraser you see in her hand just as I was going to take the picture. But you can still see Button’s version of the “television” along with a table Winnie drew with a plate on it. If you look closely you will see a banana on the plate.
The book the girls are using for their drawing lessons is in the picture, given to us as a resource by a friend here.
I have a thing about pieces of loose paper floating around the house. My kids love paper. Their favorite activity is to cut little pieces of paper into even smaller pieces of paper which are then labelled “tickets.” If a piece of paper has passed through their hands at any point in time it is deemed precious and if I try to throw it away the whole house breaks into pandemonium.
It was a big day for Button one day last week when she drew an “A” for the first time. We are so pleased that she stuck with it and made several really good letters. She hasn’t had much interest in trying to learn to write and doesn’t have the patience for coloring usually, but this past week she’s shown improvement in both areas. I’m really happy for her, because I know how much it will help her in the future! I’m hoping to have a little school time with her this fall while Squeaky has kindergarten.
And lest you think that all is normalcy and boring-ness in our home:
I can’t remember if we told you about how Squeaky stopped sucking her fingers. We felt that it was getting ridiculous seeing this 4 year old walking around with her fingers in her mouth, so we launched a full assault against the finger sucking. We let her get a sticker for each day she didn’t suck her fingers, and we painted nasty tasting stuff on them at quiet time and nap time. It only took a few days and she was done. We took her to the dollar store and she picked out a toy as a reward.
Well, a couple of weeks ago we did the same thing with Button. She was a thumb sucker. We painted the nasty stuff on there and really praised her when she didn’t suck her thumb. I’m not sure if we did the stickers or not. It only took her a few days too and she no longer sucks her thumb. Anyway, last Thursday we took her to the dollar store for her hard-earned reward. She was so excited. It was really cute seeing her bounce alongside her daddy, holding his hand and chattering away about what she was going to pick out. She came home with a little painting kit with three pigs in it. She had a lot of fun with that and now has pink, orange and red piggies.