Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More of Katie at dance

Here is another short video

Katie at Dance Class

I took quite a few little clips of Katie at dance class. Here is the first one. I might have a few more to share later. :o) It will be fun to see how much she improves this year since this is just her second class.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jumping Joy

She isn't spelling words but I think her jumping in the doorway is cute.

Katie spells wait

My cuties today


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sisters

Here are some pictures of the girls enjoying being sisters today. Katie loves to hold Joy and Joy loves the attention from Katie. I'm hoping that this is the start of something very good. I wish I had put a barrette in Katie's hair though.





Joy is trying hard to learn to sit on her own now. She still doesn't quite have it. She can sit for about a minute but then would fall over if mommy or daddy wasn't there to catch her.

Katie is spelling more words everyday. She loves her letters. She loves books too. And for her birthday the Waldon family gave her many books and one of them was "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" which has all the letters in it plus is fun to say. Katie pronounces it "Chicken Chicken Boon Boon." Katie loves playing with her new dollhouse too. Yesterday she announced "Dollhouse is Fun!"

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Pirate Party

Katie (turning 3) and her friend Carter (turning 5) have birthdays just a few weeks apart, so this year we decided to do a joint party with a pirate theme. Here is a picture summary of the event.










































































Thursday, September 11, 2008

Katie dresses up the baby


























Katie has been having fun today dressing up her baby sister.

She can read and spell

Katie loves letters. She learned their names and all of the sounds and has had that down for over 6 months now (right before Joy was born). Then she learned how vowels are sticky and how they stick two of the other letters together to make words; like C-A-T. She loves to spell cat. She spells it on the fridge, with her puzzle pieces, and in the bathtub with those letters. Now she is learning complex phonics. Yesterday she spelled SHUT and WAIT. She knows that when S and H come together they make a new sound shhhhh. And she knows that when two vowels go a walkin' the first one does the talking A and I say "A".

So, would you like to know the secret? I'm not just some amazing teacher. I do surround her with the tools for learning. We have letters in every room of the house but that isn't why she knows advanced phonics.


Okay, so here's the secret. Leapfrog. More specifically their DVD's. The Letter Factory, The Talking Words Factory, and The Complex Word Complex (it's called something else but that's what Katie and I call it). She watched the first DVD every single day at least once for two weeks and then knew all her phonic sounds. The second video she watched mouthing all the words because she has it memorized. And the third video she is quickly absorbing.




Anyway, that's my mommy tip for the day. A friend told me about it and I was skeptical. I wanted to sit down with books and teach my child to read and I didn't think that any DVD could do it for me. I do read to Katie a lot but the DVD taught her the specifics with cute songs and animation.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More of Joy at 5 months old










Some of Katie from today

Today I was trying to get great pictures of Joy so of course Joy was less cooperative and Katie was a little model. So here is Katie the day Joy turned 5 months old. :o)