Thursday, September 25, 2008
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
It makes me think alot about how we teach or children how to read. Phonics cannot be everything, but neither can sight-reading. Thoughts to ponder.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Nolan also loves playing outside and being with other kids. I love watching him "share" his toys and see his reactions to kids taking his toys. We often play with our across the street neighbors. Today we played with Lily, Addison, and Phoebe. Did we mention that Nolan is the only boy on the street? And the first to be born here in over 20 years? There are 10 girls on our cul-de-sac 9 years old and younger, with the 11th to be born any day. Whatever is in the water, I must have missed it. We love our little Nolan.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Around 9 months kids are supposed to start clapping. Nolan has seemed completely uninterested in this skill. Not a problem-development isn't an exact science. I knew he would get there sometime. I still practiced clapping, moving his hands for him, and just cheering to be silly. Today, I tried something different.
Kristina (in a horrible signing voice): "If you're Nolan and you know it, clap your hands. (Clap, clap).
Nolan: Staring strangely at his mother.
Kristina: "If you're Nolan and you know it, clap your hands. (Clap, clap)
Nolan: Continuing the strange stare.
Kristina: "If you're Nolan and you know it, then your face will surely show it." (Squeeze Nolan's sweet chubby cheeks to try to force a smile.)
Nolan: Looking quite disgusted with his strange mother.
Kristina: "If you're Nolan and you know it, clap your hands."
Nolan: Clap, clap!
I thought it was too hilarious. I didn't realize that if I just irritated him with my beautiful voice and wonderful song, he would clap to be rid of me. Poor child-now we have been forcing him to clap all morning. Ahhhh learning.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
(He was hit in the head with a runaway Tootsie Roll)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Ted's parents have a cat named Moose. Nolan loves playing with him.
To finish off our weekend, Nolan had a little water party of his own in our front yard. It was 97 degrees out, so we decided to celebrate the last day of summer in style.
Nate and Alli's beautiful wedding
I can't quite figure out how to label the rest. The kids on the bottom are my great friend Lisa's children. She came up to visit us. We had a blast! And you can also see our camping pictures with Papa Jim and Grandma Kathy. Minnesota was great!