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Potty Training

December 10, 2009

BabyBjorn Little Potty Ocean Blue

Today is Sander’s second day of potty training. I’m not expecting miracles, that he’ll actually sit on there with out screaming like he’s being tortured is miracle enough. He’s doing it with a smile on his face too – a cheeky grin to be more precise. I think the fact that I almost had a meltdown with excitement when he pooped on the toilet for the first time yesterday, made him eager to please. Or at least amused him sufficiently for him to want to do it again.

Sander is two years and two months, and over the last few months, I’ve tried him just sitting on the potty or the toilet – neither way went well. I decided it would be better to wait until he was ready, rather than push him to bend to my will. Besides two year olds don’t stand for much pushing.

Instead I would tell him when I or his Dad went to the toilet (and what I was doing). And show him too, pointing out that the toilet was where Mummy and Daddy go for a wee wee.

And so yesterday he runs to get his nappy bag just as he was starting to do a poop, his aunt says to him,    ‘you’re a big boy now, why don’t you go on the toilet?’

I sighed, expecting another – ‘NOOOOOOOOOOO mum!’  So I knelt down and asked him if he wanted to go poo poo on the toilet, as expected he started to say no…  And then suddenly he changed his mind and nodded resolutely – the rest is history.

… Well, at least it’s a good start anyway!

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Montessori Counting Beans

December 2, 2009

I thought this looked like an interesting and fun way to introduce counting.

Conscious Parenting

November 26, 2009

Everything is Energy is a radio show hosted by Kristin and David Morelli. In this show they talk about conscious parenting, and feature an interview with Melissa Greczy.

Melissa Greczy is the Co-founder of Project GiftEd; a fantastic blog, which promises to Revolutionize Education and Transform Mankind. There are some interesting ideas on the radio show, so it’s definitely worth listening – and when you’re done scoot over to Project GiftEd where you’ll be spoilt for choice on the subject of parenting and education.

Click there> Everything is Energy Radio Show

DIY Montessori

November 25, 2009

Some time ago, to entertain my son whilst I was busy hand stitching, I made him a little project of his own. I used a scrap of leather, a hole punch and a long shoe lace tied into the first hole.

It did entertain him for a short while, but what I found really amazing was how quickly he picked it up. I showed him only once how to stitch around the edge, after that he did it every time without assistance. 

Recently I came across a Montessori video (above) which demonstrates lacing. It’s basically the same thing I did with my little scrap of leather – but no doubt my little project was a lot cheaper! Which was lucky for me. Because, after lacing the thing up a handful of times he was no longer interested.

I will add a picture of my little DIY Montessori project, just as soon as it stops raining and I can retrieve my camera!

Instant Math and my Lesson in Learning!

November 22, 2009

Although my son can now read 100 words, there are still some that he can’t say. Occasionally we play a little game, where I ask him to pass me certain words. He almost never fails to bring me the correct word, even when he can’t yet verbalise that particular word.

I haven’t yet got around to purchasing Glenn Doman’s – How to Teach Your Baby Math: The Gentle Revolution – but it is certainly something I will be buying in the near future.

Soon after I began to teach my son to read, I decided to experiment by teaching him a little maths too. When I say Maths, I’m actually just teaching numbers for the moment – or quantity to be precise.

Up until a week ago I had been feeling a little disheartened and allowed the numbers to fall by the wayside a little. It seemed my son knew two and four very well, and after a few weeks he added six to his repertoire. Unfortunately, any other numbers up to ten were also two, four or six.

I hadn’t gone beyond ten because I thought that he just wasn’t getting it. And even though I knew I should be moving on and that I should trust that he’d learnt them – I thought I knew best, I was blinkered by traditional education.

It occurred to me to try the word game with numbers, and of course it came as no real surprise and yet the greatest thrill, that he did indeed know all of the numbers 1-10! It was a timely lesson, which I thought I’d already learnt; have faith in your child, his ability to learn is a natural and beautiful thing. We should all be teaching our children, not testing them – Lesson learnt!

Here’s the short Doman video I used to start teaching my son instant math.

Teach your child to read BEFORE they go to school.

November 19, 2009