Archive for October, 2010

Playing Games

October 25, 2010 6:23 pm

Jace is currently playing Go Fish with Steve. He keeps running around to see what cards Steve has so he knows what to ask for but he is having a lot of fun and he will sit through an entire game. This is all rather new around here. Previously he was interested in taking the pieces from various games and playing with those. He loved rolling the ball down the track in mousetrap and those mice got into lots of trouble around our house. The airplane pieces from a travel game flew around the living room but he had no attention space or interest in actually sitting down and trying to play a game.

Until now. This weekend we taught him how to play mexican train (a domino game for those you are unfamiliar). He was pretty good. It helps that the dominos have colored dots so he can match the pattern and color but get was great at waiting his turn and only going on his train or the mexican train and not trying to go on my train. He didn’t even get too upset when I won both hands that we played (he did come in a close second both times, Steve just plain old lost).  He also likes to play sequence and the previously mentioned Go Fish. I am really looking forward to him getting more into games as I love to play and it will be fun to include him. Now we need to go out and get some more kid appropriate games like chutes and ladders and candyland.

Counting 123

6:12 pm

Jace has known the letters of the alphabet for quite a while now, thanks to April and the zoo phonics program that she uses. All the letters have an animal, their sounds, their name and a hand sign.  D is DeeDee Deer and her sign is holding your fingers up on the side of your head like antlers. Jace can recognize each letter and and will usually say the sound although for some reason he always says “W” rather than the sound for that letter. He is starting to figure out how to sound out words and even recognized the “NO” on a no turn on red sign the other day without prompting. “Look mommy, that sign says no” was really cool to hear.

However, he has never been quite as good with numbers. He could recite 1 through 10 but didn’t really understand the correlation between numbers and the quantity of actual objects. He once pointed out that there were two dogs walking but when asked to count objects on a page in a book he waves his fingers around and counts randomly. Then suddenly he seemed to get it. First he learned to read the numbers and proudly pointed out that we parked by the number 7 the other day at Costco.  And we are practicing counting things. It seems that tangible things you can pick up and move is easier for him to understand than pointing at objects in a book. And he can recite to 20 although things often get a little fuzzy around 16.

Office Halloween Party Part 2

October 22, 2010 8:29 am

I showed up at the end of the party and found Jace hanging out in his regular clothes. He refused to put on his monster costume, much like last year’s party. Right when we were getting reading to go home he decided he would wear it and we went back to the office area to put it on. He then proceeded to walk up to all of Steve’s coworkers who were there and “Scare” them with his best roar. It was hilarious. Then we got to one guy with blue glasses and, even though he said nothing to Jace, Jace was clearly scared of him. I guess blue monster is only afraid of other blue things!
We then took the train home with Jace wearing his Monster costume. I don’t know if he really appreciated it, but he made a lot of people smile seeing him him all dressed up, especially when we got off the train and they saw a little monster with a bouncing tail walking through the station.

Office Halloween party

October 21, 2010 8:39 pm

Brought Jace to my office Halloween party… apparently such a momentous event in his life that he seems to remember every detail from last year’s version of the party when he was a 2-year-old. He walked around pointing out all the differences between this year and last year (window shades up last year, down this year; lollipops last year, spider-shaped balloons this year). And he managed to remember all about several co-workers that he hadn’t seen in a year. Pretty good.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.