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Well, 2010 is off to a good start so far.  Here’s what’s happening around here……

I’m as busy as ever teaching piano lessons, cleaning out closets (and selling what I’m getting rid of on ebay 🙂

Grace is doing FANTASTIC in preschool this year and in piano lessons.  She LOVES piano lessons, and picks up on it quickly which is a real relief for me.  (We’re using the “Music for Little Mozart’s” series from Alfred’s and she’s just moving right along!)

I’m about to add to my lengthy to do list…….drum roll please……..

I’m going to take Violin lessons!!!  I told the teacher that I can only do a lesson every other week so that I actually have TIME to practice.  I’m not exactly sure HOW or WHERE that’s going to fit into our schedule, but I really want to learn to play another instrument.

As of this morning I have 9 LBS left to go…..I can hardly believe it!  It seems like I’ve been trying to lose this baby weight FOREVER.  I’ve only been working on it seriously for the last year and a half and the end is in sight!!!

We’ve added taking a walk on Saturday mornings to our routine and we’re having a lot of fun with it.  I don’t like to exercise, but I always tell myself that a little bit of exercise is better than none!

On a side note, I bought a label maker a few weeks ago, and Grace just LOVES it.  She wants a label maker of her own and only told me that like 300 times last Saturday, so I told her that I will buy her a label maker of her own when she can spell 100 words that are 4 letters long or longer 😉

She is so strong willed that she’s taking me up on the challenge!  She has to come up with 92 more words she can spell and the label maker is hers.  This is what happens when you speak before you think about the fact that you’re sending your child to a preschool where they work on the sounds of letters…You end up buying a label maker……..she amazes me.  Here is her list so far:

*Sock
*Great
*Plan
*Plane (She spelled plan and I told her if she added an “e” it would be plane, so she said, “OK, I’ll add an “e” and she spelled it again with an “e” on the end!)
*Clock
*Love
*Stop
*Soup

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Grace and I don’t have very much time together right now.  The only time that we really get to be together is from 6-10pm and that includes dinner, bath and getting ready for bed.  We’re also together all day Saturday and Sunday (my personal favorite days of the week…can you guess why? 🙂 ) So, I like to make every moment we’re together profitable.  When I’m not at work, we do EVERYTHING together and have lots of fun along the way.  Since children learn the majority of everything from their parent(s), I feel it’s important for ME to use every opportunity I can to teach Grace the basics.  Here are some of the fun things we do to help us learn while we’re having fun.

  • I taught Grace to count by counting the stairs everytime we go up and down them (she can count to 15 on her own now.)
  • Singing the ABC’s in the car or in the tub.
  • When I dress her I say “It’s time to put your LEFT arm in”  or “Let’s put on your RIGHT shoe.” (she’s pretty good at Left and Right now.)
  • When she’s getting dressed I talk about the color her pants, shirt, shoes are.
  • We also talk about colors when playing with toys “can you hand me the YELLOW block?”  “Where is the RED ball?”
  • We play DORA Dominos together, this helps her learn to match things.
  • In the grocery store, we talk about the fruit and veggies we are seeing as we go through the produce section.
  • When we’re reading books about animals, we talk about the sounds they make.
  • We mix up cookie dough from scratch (once in awhile, not every day 🙂 ) and Grace helps measure and pour things in.  I also have her “stir” the dry ingredients.

I am amazed at how much she knows just by using every day things as teaching opportunities.  We’re also working on spelling her name to the tune of BINGO.  We sing…..

“There was a mommy had a babe and Gracie was her name-o,
 G-R-A-C-E, 
 G-R-A-C-E, 
 G-R-A-C-E,
And Gracie was her name-o!”

What are some ideas that your family does to make learning fun and effortless?

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