Friday, November 26, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up

Since Dad is still on paternity leave, we haven't gotten back to filling our "learning boxes" this week.  We've been having a lot of fun as a family. 

Bibliophile (just turned 3)

Giant Sticker Activity First WordsWe celebrated his birthday early, but the Bibliophile officially turned three this week.  He got a few more fun gifts from family that have entertained him, or promise to in the weeks ahead.  He had fun with this Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards today.  He also spent a long time with some new sticker books - The Most Incredible, Outrageous, Packed-to-the-Gills, Bulging-at-the-Seams Sticker Book You've Ever Seen (this looks really fun so far) and Giant Sticker Activity First Words (Roger Priddy) (this is actually our second copy of this one, by request).  And he finally got his own copy of Rally Race, so we can return the library copy!

We haven't used them yet, but I'm really excited to have gotten these to put into his learning boxes over the next few weeks:
Kumon My Book of Simple Addition
Kumon My Book of Simple Subtraction
Let's Sticker and Paste!
Equate game

We did our first Christmas tree craft of the season, using handprints - see our post here

We had a lot of fun decorating the Christmas tree, and I hope to do a post next week about a fun companion activity I came up with to keep the fun going.

After decorating the tree, we spent a long time with our Roger Priddy Christmas Carols book.  First we sang through the whole book together, then we went back and went through every single carol explaining what each word meant.  I was very impressed with the Bibliophile's attention span, and I loved this activity, not just because of the religious significance, but because I have wanted for awhile to work on comprehension more while we read.  When Daddy came in to say hi, the Bibliophile explained, "Dada, so, we are reading these, and there are a lot of names for Jesus, like 'Christ' and 'Holy infant.'" After awhile, he decided to come up with his own meanings for lyrics, and then we were just off and running into silly storytelling.

"Bookworm" (age 2 weeks!)

Melissa and Doug Friendly Fish Grasping ToyWe continued to read to our littlest one, when her eyes were open.  We have also been showing her a few little toys here and there, like a ladybug, whoozit, panda rattle, and this very cool fishy toy from her auntie in New Zealand.  What are your favorite infant baby toys?  I think I have three favs (other than books, of course!) from the Bibliophile's baby days --

Manhattan Toy WinkelManhattan Toy Winkel - ridiculous name, awesome grasping toy.  I bought one as soon as I found out I was pregnant a second time.

Rhino Toys Oball Original (Colors May Vary) 

Oball - the Bibliophile kept losing these and we'd have to run to the store and buy another.

Sassy Me in the Mirror 

Sassy Me in the Mirror - we had to clean the mirror often when he got to the kissing stage!

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Raising a Happy Child said...

Bookworm looks very alert in this picture. One of our favorite toys was also from Manhattan Toys - this one Anna still likes to play with the ball. Happy birthday to IB!

MaryAnne said...

I LOVE Oballs - so fun for even the tiniest babies! And Emma was given a really neat toy butterfly from the UK that all three kids have enjoyed.

And I agree with Natalie that your little Bookworm looks very alert!

Giggly Girls said...

We've been up to nothing. LOL

Congrats on your new baby. I hadn't realized you'd had her. She is just adorable!!!

And happy birthday to your little man. Boy have you been busy!

Fiona said...

hi there-congratulations on the new baby!