Friday, May 11, 2012

Teaching and Learning

Hudson and Sara Beth get along very well. Sara Beth loves trying to teach Hudson how to sit up or how to play with a toy. Hudson just stares at his older sister and tries to figure out what in the world is going on.
Sara Beth has started watching a show on PBS called "Word girl." In the show, the mild mannered girl turns into Word Girl, a superhero from the planet Lexicon using the phrase "Word up." Sara Beth now calls herself Word Girl. Hudson is now Word Baby. Heather is Word Horse; Sara Beth rode on Word Horse's back all around the house until Word Horse wore the skin off her knee and got a blister. Word Girl carefully led her to the stable to rest.

At meals, we make Sara Beth finish her plate before she can get desert. Sometimes, she will need to leave the table and stretch out on the couch to, supposedly, make some more room before she comes back and finishes.
Sunday morning, we actually had a little bit of time before we had to leave for church, and I was able to snap a picture of Heather with the two kids. Hudson received a lot of compliments for his hat that day.
Our church had a big party for the kids on Sunday. They cooked some hot dogs for lunch and had a petting zoo. As I mentioned earlier, Sara Beth has been talking a lot about horses recently, and so, when she saw that there were pony rides too, she was ready to skip lunch and go right to the pony rides. 
After lunch and a ride on the pony, it was time to move on to the petting zoo.
But, Sara Beth had so much fun on the pony that she went back for another ride after she was done chasing all the small critters around the petting zoo.
Hudson loves to eat, but he does get a little excited sometimes. And when he gets excited, he starts to bounce around and it makes it hard to get the spoon into his mouth. Sometimes we miss. I will hold Hudson's head with one hand and feed him with the other. Heather just tries to aim carefully, which results in a lot of food colored polka dots around his mouth.
Hudson prefers to eat something with his own hands. He loves to hold a Mum-Mum in his own hands, and can mostly get it into his mouth without supervision.
Sara Beth is already talking about her birthday party. She has decided that she wants to have a "Tinkerbell party." I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I do know that Sara Beth wants to collect clover and snail shells as decoration for the event. Heather and/or I will go outside with her and scour for the various collectibles that she will then place in her bucket.  
Sara Beth and Heather will bake various treats on a regular basis. Sara Beth has progressed to the point that Heather will let her pour the ingredients as well as turn the mixer on to the appropriate speed, and, of course, she gets to lick the utensils when done.

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