Monday, April 4, 2011
James loves helping me bake and cook. He measures, pours and stirs. He especially loves making bread and banana bread. He also loves listening to music from Lady Gaga to Vivaldi and even some Grateful Dead (he and Dan listen to Fire on the Mountain and Shady Grove). He loves working and writes notes to me and makes lists. One day I made a list for Target and he asked me how to spell 'toy'. I looked at my list and on the bottom it said, " a toy for James". Ha, nice try. He loves Legos and can put together a bunch by following the directions all by himself.
He is learning to read and can read lots of sight words. He is constantly sounding out words and trying to see what they say. He loves to rhyme and can make rhymes and point out if something rhymes. He likes writing books and made a book about squirrels for his friend. Since he loves books his comprehension is fantastic, he can make predictions, retell parts of the story, and understand cause and effect. (Sorry, that is the teacher in me coming out!)
It isn't always fun and games. He is much more verbal about what he likes and doesn't like and we have had many talks about talking rude and using words instead of hands. He is learning what he can and can't get away with. We also are working on being a good listener. Mostly he does a good job :) but still needs some reminders. It is a reminder to me too that he is still four, still needs directions, still needs a Mama and Daddy who will help him grow into a kind, gentle, respectful and hardworking young man.