Friday, February 12, 2010

New Developments

I’ve been delighted by the kids’ developing writing and artistic skills lately. With the exception of Zachary, they are getting pretty good at the first initials. Thomas and Jonathan got the T and J pretty early.

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Reagan’s early R’s looked like circles with legs, but within the last couple of weeks, she has really improved and is now making truly recognizable R’s. Very exciting!

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We’ve also recently had our first recognizable drawings! Granted, the drawings of a three-year-old are a little on the creepy side, but I’m okay with it because I know they aren’t intentionally creepy. Smiling faces will come soon enough!

DSC_0252 This is Reagan’s drawing of Daddy. The black blob above his head is a hat. He has mittens on his hands. Below is another Reagan picture, slightly more recent, and slightly less creepy.

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This yellow guy is Thomas’ production. Not quite as creepy as Reagan’s, but then he also doesn’t have a mouth!

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Being sort of artistic myself, I’m fascinated by these early drawings! I can’t wait to see how they continue to develop!

Zachary has not yet demonstrated much skill in either writing or drawing. Partly I think he has little interest in these activities. It’s hard to write and drive a train at the same time. Also, the Z is a difficult letter, and he is easily frustrated. And it doesn’t help that he’s left-handed. At least, he appears to be. He consistently holds writing utensils with his left hand. Oh, well. He’s only three. I’m not worried!

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In addition to writing and drawing, Jonathan is improving his building skills. As you can see in the above picture, he’s experimenting with mixed media and refuses to be held back by his small stature!

And although it really has nothing to do with any sort of new cognitive development, Jim and I are delighted that the kids are beginning to familiarize themselves with the characters from Star Wars! They are always running up to us with a figurine in hand, asking whether they have a good guy or a bad guy! Love it!

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3 comments:

memckee2 said...

Creative genius is running rampant throught your family.

Nikki McElroy said...

I love the tower of coffee containers! The secret to your survival????

Tonya said...

Parker wasn't fond of writing or coloring until pre-k and now he claims that he loves to do those things in K. i was concerned early on b/c he only played with trains however, trains seem to have helped him a lot with math/thinking skills.