Isaiah has been wanting to learn to read for a while. We’ve finally found an approach that seems to click for him and he’s loving it.
This is how Isaiah is entertaining himself this evening.
Isaiah discovered that there was a package in the mail meant for him. He brought it to me, bouncing and yelling. I helped him cut it open, then decided to pull out a camera because his excitement was so cute. Inside the package was a Starbright Baby giraffe that we’d ordered a while ago. Isaiah loves to chew on fabric, so I’d been looking for something appropriate for a while. This seemed the perfect solution. Isaiah agrees.
Any time I leave the house (or go to a part of the house where they can’t follow) for more than about five minutes, both Thomas and Dusty are waiting when I get home. When I walk in, Dusty about takes me out, in spite of his small size. When Dusty is done going crazy, Thomas wanders up and starts yelling at me. This can go on for anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour. I guess they miss me when I’m gone.
Driving through the safari park, looking for wildlife…
Me: Well, I know there are buffalo because I see buffalo chips.
Me: Buffalo poop.
Kat: Did you know, if you’re lost, you can light buffalo chips on fire and keep warm.
Me: Scientists use poop to track animals and learn about them. Like, Chris and Martin used to pick it up and show it off on Kratts Creatures
My mom: Oh, look, elk poop.
My mom: What? I saw elk poop.
My mom: Everybody poops!
Isaiah: Oh, brother. *facepalm*
Summer is here! Since we now live in a place that has a town pool, we’re going to be spending our summer swimming. Isaiah was pretty sure he didn’t want to spend his summer at the pool because he was afraid of it, but the pool here is zero-depth, so I promised him that it would be fun and got a pass for the year.
Isaiah still wasn’t sure, but we got out swim suits and headed over. The pool allows flotation devices and toys, so he’d gotten to choose a Puddle Jumper to wear in the water. After cautiously making his way into the water, he decided it might be kind of fun.
Isaiah gradually made his way into deeper water, until he was floating in water just deep enough that his toes didn’t touch. Once he was there, he realized that he could kick his feet to move around. Soon, he was paddling short distances and figuring out how to turn.
Soon, Isaiah had decided that he needed to try out the slide and figure out how to jump into the water. By the end of the day, he’d even started blowing bubbles and dunking his head under the water.
In just a couple of hours, he went from being absolutely terrified of swimming to begging to stay a little longer and being quite adventurous!
Isaiah loves to play the piano. Sometimes he uses his little keyboard, but others, he plays on the real piano. Today, he figured out how to use the pedals. He started sitting on the floor, using one hand on the pedals and the other on the keys. Once he’d figured out what the pedals do, he settled on the bench and started playing.
Isaiah is never quite sure that finger painting is such a good idea. It takes a lot of coaxing to get him to touch the paint in the first place. Once he’s started, he gets pretty excited, though. Today, he decided to see what would happen if he smeared it on his face, too. He had tons of fun, then got a bath when he was done.
The Harvest Moon is a local pumpkin patch that Isaiah loves. I took him last year at the end of the season. This year, we went as soon as they opened and got a season pass, so that he can play there every weekend. He’s absolutely loving every minute and counts down the days until the weekend, so that he can go back.
Today, Isaiah announced that he couldn’t go, unless Lambie could go with him. He couldn’t be swayed and melted into a puddle of tears, hugging his toy, when I suggested he didn’t have to bring it. He found a backpack that he could wear, so he could bring Lambie along and we headed out.
When we arrived at the Harvest Moon, Isaiah excitedly showed Lambie all his favorite places. He started by trying on costumes and showing them off for the camera, as Lambie lay nearby. When he was done trying on costumes, he took her out to the play kitchen to bake cookies.
Of course, Lambie needed to take a ride in the cars, so Isaiah trotted off toward them. First, he stuffed her into a little pickup truck with him, then he gave her a ride on a tricycle.
After that, we went over to talk with a man who was showing off an old corn mill. He showed us how his mill worked and told us that it was built in 1914, so it’s 100 years old this year. Then, he brought us to another set of mills to allow Isaiah to try them. Isaiah was fascinated and would have happily played with them all afternoon.
Next up was the kiddie roller coasters. This is one of Isaiah’s favorite places at the Harvest Moon, second only to the corn pit. He loves the roller coasters, but is always just a little bit nervous. This time, with Lambie’s help, he was brave enough to release his grip on the sides of the car, hold his hands in the air and shriek with joy.
Lambie had to just observe at the corn pit. Corn is really dusty, so we agreed that she’d be better off not getting covered in it. Isaiah had tons of fun showing off all that he can do in the corn, though. The corn is a perfect sensory experience for him. He can be wild and jump in it or he can dig down into it and let it sift through his fingers. He generally starts out wild and gradually relaxes, as he spends more time in the corn.
We headed toward the zipline, but, as we passed the other part of the barn, the donkey, Eyore, brayed at us. We decided to go see what he wanted. When Isaiah walked into the barn, Eyore lit up, perking his ears forward and reaching toward him. Isaiah petted him and showed him Lambie, then went over to see the other animals. The goats were pretty disinterested, so he mostly ignored them, too. He felt it was very important for Lambie to meet the sheep, though. He was thrilled that one of the sheep reached out to sniff Lambie.
We continued on our way to the zipline. Isaiah discovered it the first time we went to the Harvest Moon this year. At first, he was frightened, but quickly decided it was tons of fun. As long as there’s not a line that he has to wait for, he’ll happily ride the zipline over and over again. This time, of course, Lambie needed to experience it, too.
Lambie had to pose in the tree cutout, but Isaiah wasn’t too sure he wanted to join her. With a little coaxing, he joined the fun and posed for a picture with his friend.
Next up was the “crow’s nest”. To get up on the platform, Isaiah had to climb a little rock wall, which he loved. Once he was up there, he walked around to check out the view and headed down the slide. He met another little boy who wasn’t quite sure about the rock wall and spent a while encouraging him to try it, then cheered when he made it.
Last, but not least, we headed to some swings. First, a horse swing. Isaiah tried to ride it with Lambie in his backpack, only to find that it didn’t work too well. After a minute, he pulled her out and set her across his lap. When he was done with that swing, he wanted to ride the tire swing that he’d seen other kids playing on. He loved spinning on it with Lambie and was sad to leave.
It was time to go, but there’s always the promise that we can return. He selected a couple gourds to buy and we headed out. He can’t wait to go back!
Isaiah has suddenly figured out basic addition and subtraction. We’ve played a few math type games, but hadn’t really focused on adding or subtracting because he still hadn’t mastered “lower level” skills, like counting to twenty. But Isaiah apparently feels that adding is more important than counting and has decided to figure it out on his own.
Today, while we were playing with his blocks, I set up my iPad to record him. He did addition, subtraction and patterns for about half an hour before deciding he wanted to do something else. Not bad for a four year old’s attention span.