Going to this holiday market the weekend before Thanksgiving has been the kick off to the holidays for a lot of years. This is the first year Yaya is old enough to have been included. She had a great day!
Buddy has always, always hated to swing. Until this day, when his sisters decided to teach him to swing, and together, gently placed him on the swing and then made a game of letting him start and stop. "How many swings do you want? Fast or slow? Do you want 5 swings or do you want the Sissy Special, which is go as high as you want until you say STOP?" And then each time, he would ask for the Special, and each time he yelled STOP! then immediately stopped the swing. One in front of the swing, one behind. With infinite patience for about an hour. Til finally he was sailing through the air and laughing so hard he lost his breath and had to wheeze out STOP!!! Just so beautiful.
A few fun moments from school over the last month:
These little cars are apparently a prototype for a holiday activity. the kids had fun taking turns being the conductor and announcing what fantastical place the train had arrived at - dinosaur island, diamond island, etc.
Carving a pumpkin using the shapes they've been learning.
Counting and manipulating small objects - making little spiders with clothespins
On my turn to teach, we demystified Halloween decorations from the silly to the noisy and potentially scary and learned that it's all just toys. We examined how decorations and toys were made, took them apart, played dress up in costumes, and learned that we can tell monsters to go away!
I taught a lesson in preschool co-op, introducing the kids to Halloween decorations as toys and showing them how they are made of fabric and fuzz and paper and electronics and etc. One of the things I showed the kids was a giant fuzzy spider. On the way back into our house, I asked Buddy if he wanted to give the spider a name like Herman, and he said, "No! It's a nice spider and it needs a pretty name like Roses."
In negotiating a new behaavior reward system in which the kids can earn points toward a house cup (a la Harry Potter), there was much debate over whether it would be possible to ever earn 100% of possible points. As parents, we felt that it was too high of a goal to set to have perfect behavior for the week and set an extra special award if the kids earned above 90%, but the kids felt that that perfection was an achievable goal and should get an even more special award. Still, the kids wanted the following written into the rules: "If you get 100% of the points you could earn, you get 1000 points to spend on priveledges you want AND you get one time to say "I told you so."