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Friday, April 25, 2008

Meet the Gang - Part 4

I know who you REALLY want to meet. You want to meet the people who allow me to claim such a high level of expertise in the realm of parenting. After all, if you are going to follow any of my advice, you must be certain that I have some level of training for which to rely on when advising you. Right?

Well, meet experiment subject #2. (I'll get to #1 later. This one happens to be a bit more adorable in a cutesie way...) You should also be forewarned that this is going to be a bit of a bragging post. It happens to the best of us. Just roll your eyes and read on.
Kira - Age 3 (until September)

What she knows --- counting, colors, numbers, letters and their sounds, shapes, all the animal sounds, largest / smallest, shortest / tallest, simple mazes, matching, same / different, sets and what doesn't belong, sorting by color

She knows what a stop sign means and what red, yellow and green lights mean.

She knows to say Thank You when someone holds the door for us and then to tell them to have a nice day. She knows to greet the cashier at the store and tell her to have a nice day before we leave. (I'm a stickler for manners...if nothing else my children will be polite little monsters.)

She also knows, thanks to Magic School Bus, Natural Killers, and Leap Frog movies ---

-the difference between leopards, cheetahs, and lions / how they kill and how they eat / how they raise their babies

- what raids the turtle egg nests and eats the eggs

-lions and tigers are afraid of elephants

- bats eat bugs and sleep upside down. Some bats eat fruit. Bats use their ears to see.

-high sounds vibrate fast and low sounds vibrate slow. Vibration makes sounds. Sound echos by bouncing off walls.

- bacteria makes you sick. White blood cells eats the bacteria to help make you better.

- Bees make honey by finding nectar in flowers. Bees put nectar in the honey comb and then stir and fan the nectar to make honey. Bees eat honey and feed honey to their babies.

- Plants have roots and stems. Roots grow down and stems grow up. Roots get water for the plant. Leaves use sunlight to make food for the plant.

- Mercury is too close to the sun to live there.

- Evaporation of water and how clouds are formed. Then how clouds turn into rain and the process starts all over again.

- how words are made and that vowels glue all the words together

- She can read simple 3 letter words.

- She can do simple addition and subtraction. (1+1, 2+3, 3-1, 1-1, etc.)

- She knows that a penny is worth 1, a nickel is worth 5, a dime is worth 10, and a quarter is worth 25.

I did warn you that I would be bragging, now didn't I? Kira picks things up so quickly and, well, we watch a lot of videos. See, I don't have any TV reception here - by choice - so she only has her movies to watch. She watches her movies over and over and over and over and over and over and over - well, you get the idea. We've seen the Bee School Bus movie about 30 times and the Human Body School Bus movie about 50. We have several of the School Bus movies and she rotates through them, but she has her favorites, too. Right now her fave is the Creepy Crawly Fun movie about sound, bats, and spiders. I highly recommend the Magic School Bus for its educational and entertainment value.

We are currently working through the Pre-K Comprehensive Curriculum workbook as her schooling. She loves doing worksheets, but her attention span only lasts through about two of the sheets and then she gets just plain silly, but she still wants to do school. Hmmm....perhaps I need to have a few silly worksheets to add to the end of the lesson.


SoccerMom said...

how exactly cute are your babies! ~ No wait let me answer, extremely!! :o)
How do you say no to those precious little faces?? I know I couldn't