Friday, December 31, 2010
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
One of the items on Mommy's Christmas Break to-do list is "Find a hair care product that works for Bug's dry hair".
If you're wondering what she's talking about, take a look at this pic:
See that frizz in the back? Yeah, that's what we're trying to control!
Back in October (when my hair was last cut) the hairstylist at Cool Cuts for Kids suggested that Mommy stop using baby shampoo on my hair. She said those shampoos can have a slightly drying effect on toddler hair.
After posting a request for non-drying toddler shampoo recommendations on a popular discussion board for mommies, Mommy and I headed out to Target to buy this guy:
Impressive, huh?! And that's after several car rides and one long nap!
So, in summation, it would appear that the custom Katie-Bug-no-more-frizz equation is as follows
Posted by Rachel Moss at 10:55 AM
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Posted by Rachel Moss at 7:13 AM
Monday, December 27, 2010
The ability to communicate in a variety of ways to the widest possible audience and the skill of versatility are two things that are vital in a economic time like the one we are facing now. Along with the rising need for people with bilingual ability is the need for those with the ability to communicate non-verbally, with benefit of the disabled- primarily the deaf.
The growing shortage of qualified interpreters fluent in American Sign Language has led to more career opportunities – and if current trends continue, it's likely that skilled ASL interpreters will have little problem securing lucrative employment in a society where such a commodity is destined to be in short supply.
Signing Before They Can Speak
The best time to educate children in different modes of communication and language has proven to be the early ages of 2 to 5. This goes beyond the spoken word (though it is an optimal time for children to learn a second language); many young children have an aptitude for signing as well. This can be taught at home or some child care programs incorporate it into their curriculum.
Many indigenous peoples around the world, including American Indian nations, have used sign language for centuries to facilitate communication with other tribes whom don't share their language. Some paleontologists and anthropologists theorize that Neanderthals – who apparently lacked the vocal mechanism to produce many spoken words – depended a great deal upon hand gestures to communicate. So it may not be as odd as you think.
Research shows that sign language is actually innate. An article from the Boulder Daily Camera presented strong evidence that babies as young as six months old communicate with their hands:
"...by 6 to 7 months, babies can remember a sign. At eight months, children
can begin to imitate gestures and sign single words. By 24 months, children
can sign compound words and full sentences. They say sign language reduces
frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves
before they know how to talk." (Glarion, 2003)
The author also cites study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which proved that young children who are taught sign language at an early age develop better verbal skills as they get older. The ability to sign has also helped parents in communicating with autistic children; one parent reports that "using sign language allowed her to communicate with her [autistic] son and minimized his frustration...[he now] has an advanced vocabulary and excels in math, spelling and music" (Glarion, 2003).
The Best Time To Start
Not only does early childhood education in signing give pre-verbal youngsters a way to communicate, it can also strengthen the parent-child bond – in addition to giving children a solid foundation for learning a skill that will serve them well in the future. The evidence suggests that the best time to start learning ASL is before a child can even walk – and the implications for facilitating the parent-child relationship are amazing.
Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas
Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the Austin child care facility, a member of the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose Schools (located in 16 states throughout the U.S.) and part of the network of child care preschools delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum.
Posted by Rachel Moss at 7:49 AM
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Today was a super unique day for my family because Daddy took the day "off". The pastors at our church each get to choose two Sundays a year that they would like to take as vacation days, and Daddy took today off since he was off this past Monday-Friday. It was really nice for the three of us to be able to get ready, ride to church, check-in to the nursery area, check-out of the nursery area, and ride home together.
Somehow, though, we still managed to be just about the last people out of the sanctuary this morning! I'm pretty sure that had something to do with the fact that these cuties were in the service today.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Posted by Rachel Moss at 11:07 AM
Friday, December 24, 2010
Last year, I had eleven or twelve cutie Christmas outfits. That was just enough to keep me festively dressed each day between Thanksgiving and Christmas (with washes, of course).
This year, however, Mommy learned that the selection of Christmas attire in retailer's toddler sections is not nearly as abundant as the selection in the infant section. That's okay, though, because I still managed to acquire a decent collection of Christmas clothes.
Here's a rundown of what I've been sporting over the past few weeks:
Posted by Rachel Moss at 8:05 AM
Thursday, December 23, 2010
...to a big girl bed, that is!
Mommy and Daddy didn't plan on making this change so soon. In the last two weeks, though, I've tried to climb out of the crib a few times when I was playing in it. And I've asked to sleep in a big girl bed a couple of times when nap time rolled around.
I think the book below is partially responsible for my sudden interest in big girl beds. It's called My Goodnight Book and my Great-Aunt Pat sent it to me at Thanksgiving via Nana and Papa Guth. (Mommy had this book when she was a little girl, too, so she was thrilled to add it to my nightly bedtime routine.)
The little girl in the book sleeps in a real big girl bed. Mommy and I talk about her bed every time we read the book...so the idea of a BGB has been working it's way into my head over the last few weeks.
Since Mommy and Daddy didn't know how easy this transition would be for me, they figured they better give it a try on a week that neither of them have to work. Heading off to the office is really no fun when you've been up all night with a little one, you know?
Thankfully, though, my first night in my new bed went great! It was just like any other night...except for the fact that I was laying on the floor when Mommy came to get me in the morning. She's not quite sure when that move occured, but she knows it was sometime between 4 am (when she knows I was still in the bed because she could hear the eyes on my Elmo doll bumping up against the bed slats) and 7:45 am (when heard my "Mama, Mama" whimper and came to get me up).
I really didn't mind the floor, though! When Mommy opened my bedroom door, I was comfortably draped over my huge stuffed bear and one of my favorite blankets with a huge smile on my face.
Posted by Rachel Moss at 12:59 PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
If you're looking for a last minute Christmas craft idea to try out with your (school-age) kiddos, you might want to check out these two cuties Mommy received from students last week at school:
That candy cane Rudolph was made by wrapping brown yarn around two candy canes and adding googly eyes, a tiny red pompom, and a little ribbon-tied bell. They were a huge hit with Mommy's first grade students!
The North Pole sign definitely looks more challenging (Mommy's not even going to try to dissect how that one was made), but is sure does look adorable on my little Christmas tree!
Posted by Rachel Moss at 6:17 PM
Every Sunday when Mommy and I* are getting ready for church we talk about why we go to church. Since my very first Sunday at church (Easter 2009), mommy's mantra has been something along the lines of, "We go to church to worship with other Believers." Her wording may change a bit from week to week, but the message is always the same.
As Mommy was getting me dressed this week, she told me that this Sunday was special because we were going to focus on the fact that God the Father sent his son, Jesus, into the world as a baby. I listened intently, nodding my head in agreement with every few words. Once my white leggings and black sparkly shoes were in place, Mommy put me down on the floor and asked, "Katelyn, who are we going to church to worship?"
My quick response was, "Jesus...and Ian."
Mommy seemed to think that was a bit humorous. But don't worry...she did correct my theology.
Monday, December 20, 2010
If you haven't already seen this electronic version of Feliz Navidad, performed by North Point Community Church's iBand, you've got to check it out here.
I love to break it down to this video. You should give it a try, too.
Posted by Rachel Moss at 8:11 AM
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I'm sure that by now you're probably wondering where the pirates come in. Auntie is wondering the same thing, too. While we were eating dinner last night, Auntie and I were telling Mommy and Daddy about all of the animals we saw at the zoo. After listing "elephants", "gorillas", "penguins", and "kangaroos" I confidently added "pirates" to the list.
The conversation went something like this:
Auntie: What else did we see, Katelyn?
Mommy, Daddy, or Auntie: Pirates? Oh, did you see parrots?
Me: No, Pirates.
Auntie: No, we didn't see pirates, KK.
Me: Yes, we did.
For some reason, that last line was met with laughter from all of the grownups in my house.
Posted by Rachel Moss at 1:51 PM