Liliana is 6 months old today! She went in for her check-up earlier this week and will go back in a month for a flu booster. We celebrated by going to visit friends in Brooklyn Heights. This was Liliana's first trip to Brooklyn and she handled it pretty well (2 train rides and a bit of walking around the neighborhood)! We got home just in time for some sweet potatoes and nap time. Now she's happily playing in her Exersaucer and listening to her Chinese music :)
If you click on the picture, it will get bigger and you will better be able to see the AWESOME sticker she has on her outfit. She got that from her Chinese teacher today at the end of class.
Today was Liliana's first Chinese class and her first experience with a bunch of other kiddos. The other kids were interested in her and she was very interested in them and the teacher. It was fun - there was a lot of singing and playing with animal stuffed animals, barnyard animal figurines, and jingle bell bracelets.
Tomorrow is the Mid-Autumn festival and Joe and I have mooncakes to try. Sorry, Liliana - you're still too young for them! Here's a preview of what they look like.
Yesterday was International Literacy Day. I spent part of my afternoon reading articles in The Reading Teacher, the publication put out by the International Reading Association, of which I am a part. I like to keep current on literacy research and since my specialty was not very little kids, I do enjoy reading research articles about teaching
Kids have a general sense of wonderment and Joe and I plan on supporting Liliana's natural sense of wonderment as she grows older, but we also want to give her a chance to experience the world at her pace and we know we need to include a lot of self-exploration.
Once she's old enough, I'll start zoo visits with her. We have 5 zoos near us (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Central Park and NJ Zoo) and I'd love to visit all of them and probably the Central Park Zoo a little more regularly.
You'll notice on the right-hand side, there is a link to Liliana's animal book wishlist. We'll start exploring different animals and include lots of different activities - read about the animals, go visit the animals at the zoo, do an art activity including the animal (think finger paint a paper plate red for the start of a ladybug and read The Grouchy Ladybug until we can do more complicated activities) and watch the animal on a webcam or see it in nature, if we can. I'm sure we'll think of other activities. This will help us integrate some science, writing/drawing and art in with literacy activities. It, hopefully, will also provide a good platform for continuing to ask questions and self-directed exploration for her. There will be some structure, but not overly so.
I'll keep a chronicle of our animal learning adventures in a scrapbook and am trying to decide if it should be a scrapbook or more of a book for her to read as she gets older. If it's a book, it'll be "I went to the zoo and what did I see?" - then the following line would be, I saw a zebra looking back at me! Insert appropriate animal, of course. We'll see!
Joe also has some literacy goals. He LOVES fantasy and science fiction books and he definitely wants to share that with Liliana. We started looking at fantasy and fairy tales last night to read. I am far behind Joe, so we ordered some fantasy books to start reading. I'll start with The Neverending Story and Joe is going to start with Artemis Fowl. The goal with this kind of reading is to broaden her imagination and have some fun :) Wizard hats, wands, magic school, dragon cookies, that kind of thing!
On that note, we found a great website for strong women in fairy tales and will start curating a list of books to share with Liliana.
Food has been a little more successful since the first time we tried rice cereal. As you can see, she does like hanging on to the spoon and attempting to feed herself!
We've tried sweet potatoes, avocado, more rice cereal and most recently prunes!
She has eaten all of these willingly but they haven't all gotten along with her, so we tried prunes. Here are our adventures in prunes!
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Then you'll hear me talking!
Liliana's 2016 Christmas List
(in case you're in the planning mood)