In the past couple of months, Amelia’s interest in reading, writing (and math) has really blossomed. She’s always loved books and being read to, but at some point in the near past, she’s been more interested in being the one doing the reading and writing. And it’s so much fun to watch her figure things out!
I’ve been getting 2-3 Learn-to-Read books from the library whenever we go and they’re usually the first ones she wants to get into when we get home. We sit together and she carefully sounds out each word until she gets through the book. And then she’ll read it over and over until she pretty much has it memorized. In the video below, it obviously isn’t the first time she’s read the story, but she figured out most of the words by herself just a couple days before. I’m very proud of her (but I’m her mama and I’m supposed to be)!
I had a bunch of pictures printed, mainly of Amelia, and figured I would share them here as well. Some of these you may have already seen, either here or Facebook. It’s a good summary of our year in 2013. We spent a lot of time outside, especially as it got warmer, which was great. She and I did a lot of gardening too, which we both enjoy.
Wishing everyone a great year in 2014!
Amelia played fall soccer this year. She didn’t make the date cutoff to play with kids her own age, as she had to be four by August 1st, so she played with the younger group of mainly 3 year olds. This worked out pretty well, since she was still one of the smallest. This group also didn’t play regular soccer games, but instead played games like Sharks and Minnows, Follow the Leader and Red Light, Green Light to build their coordination and basic skills. As the weeks went by, they’d play short 5-10 minute games at the end of their practices. They met on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings for 6 weeks and I honestly can’t believe how much she improved in that time period. Plus, she had so much fun!
Her first day:
Warming up with Grandma:
Wearing Dad’s favorite shirt:
Learning basic moves with Coach Shane:
Actually playing a “game”:
As soon as September turned into October, the temperature dropped.
She insisted she was too hot to wear her yellow undershirt, so we took it off. Then she spent the rest of the practice with her arms tucked into her shirt.
On the last day, they spent much of their time playing a longer game. At the end, Coach Shane presented each child with a ribbon and certificate. She’s very proud of both!
A couple days before the big day, we carved pumpkins. Amelia had fun designing them…well, the first one at least. Then she wanted to do the rest with the exact same design. We worked together to come up with some unique designs. Artie “carved” the big pumpkins. The small pumpkins came out of our garden. Amelia and I actually painted them last week, then decided to try carving a couple. They were quick and easy (the best kind).
And the final products:
And this last one was from Halloween. It got left out of the previous post. Here is Amelia and her haul: