It was a pretty uneventful ride to the Dells with our friends Anna & Sophia. We rented a van and all rode together. SO fun!
When we got there, our room wasn't ready, so we went to play in the indoor playground. It was a bit loud for us.
We had lots of fun, though... See?
There was a lot of climbing involved.
When we finally got to our room. Holy Cow! We want to LIVE here forever. Nicer than home!!
Then, we finally got to the waterpark. It was SO awesome. Mommy was too busy riding on slides with us to take too many pictures.
This was a tiny slide we tried out first... hopefully tomorrow we'll get some photos of the "real" slides.
Maybe tomorrow we'll also convince the girls to go down the slides with us?!
We get a written report on each of us during preschool conferences. Here's your chance to see a "snapshot" of where we are with different things.
- Accepts changes to routines/schedules --noticed as a difference from last year.
- Loves field trips (especially the school bus).
- Identifies and labels his feelings (yells when mad/frustrated).
- Uses self-help skills with help and reminders.
- Likes to play on his own (mostly plays alone).
- Likes to have objects in his hands (rocks, cars, pebbles)-- mentioned that he seems super-sensory as something to watch.
- Throws ball, kicks ball.
- Likes to cut with scissors (needs help holding).
- Holds writing tools very loosely.
- Uses past/future tense words-- also good at knowing what was yesterday, last week, last month.
- Works on simple tasks and tries different ways to make things work (frustrated easily). -- mentioned he likes to choose his activity, does not like you to choose it for him.
- Recognizes numbers 1-20 (except 12, 13 & 15)
- Asks lots of questions to help him understand topics -- wants to know why the teacher chose that color over another color, etc.
- Very detailed questions and answers when speaking.
- Follows one-step directions-- gets too distracted to do many more than one thing at a time, i.e. he's the last one to get dressed to go outside because he's too busy looking at everyone else's coat/boots/ etc.
- Likes paper & envelopes, uses scribble writing for messages.
Next steps at school and home:
- Work on fine motor skills-- needs to be able to better hold pencils, scissors, etc.
- Keep encouraging him to talk/ask for help instead of scream.
- Tell him "yes you can!" he often says "No I can't do it."
- Labels/identifies his feelings (I'm mad because...).
- Completes a task by himself or by asking for help if needed -- noted as improvement from last year.
- Recognizes the feelings of others.
- Has an ongoing relationship with another child (Brian)-- Brian is Charley's "best friend..." apparently his English isn't great, so Charley always asks the teachers what he said.
- Throws ball/frisbee with awkward movements (loves it).
- Pedals/steers our large trikes.
- Makes scribbles & simple strokes to write.
- Needs help with cutting.
- Notices everything (especially when things are different).
- Uses new information/vocabulary ("We wash our hands to get rid of germs.").
- Understand time concepts (simple).
- Can tell higher/lower numbers (knows which question of the day has more answers).
Language:- Uses complex sentences.
- Answers questions with details -- and more details and more details.
- Uses pictures to guess text.
- Predicts story outcomes.
Next Steps at school and at home:
- Fine motor activities
- Keep encouraging "writing."
- Encourage play with others, and learning how to join in a group.
Charley, talking about his preschool friends:
-- Charley reminds Mommy (for the millionth time).
"Sometimes. But sometimes Jaydon is nice, too. And you like to play with him."
-- Mommy attempts.
"And sometimes, Charley, YOU'RE mean, too."
-- Mommy subtly hints.
"Well, sometimes Gisele is sad."
-- Charley ignores the hint.
"Why? Do you try to help her when she's sad?"
-- Mommy wonders.
"No, I'll let her Mommy do that."
-- Charley responds.
Such a kind, kind soul, that Charley.