Accepting children for who they are-section 9

Accepting children for who they are-section 9

In section 9, Sara talks about the importance of just accepting children for who they are.

Find moments to connect instead of correct today. Show your children they are supported and accepted for who they are.

This section, is definitely something I have had to learn and work in the past couple of months. Brielle is SO similar to me, that she drives me absolutely crazy at times.  I am so shocked, that such a little person, can carry such a big personality.

She is head-strong, hates to back down from an argument, and does not really like to talk to people she doesn’t know, oh and the best for last–she hates compliments (especially about how cute she is, or how pretty her hair is!) Ding Ding, welcome to a 2 year old version of myself.  I did not think such a thing would exist, or that she would be SO like me, and not like Shane.  I always wished she would get Shane’s strong, likable, friendly personality, but nope, she’s all me.  Well, she definitely got his looks, but the inside is all momma.

I think it’s hard for me, not to want to fix everything I don’t like about myself, which in turn, I don’t want her to do either, instead of just embracing the girl she is becoming.  I have started to embrace her outspoken-ness, even if it sometimes comes out sounding straight rude. I have accepted the fact that she will not share everything she has with someone else, or always say thank-you on her own (or when prompted to).  She is just who she is.

She LOVES music, and I truly think she is going to do something with that passion, later in life.  She is so good at memorizing choreography already, that I won’t be surprised if she does amazing in dance class in a couple of years.  She is a grazer, and even though it irritates me at times that she won’t eat a complete meal, and just after I get done cleaning, she asks for a snack, I know that,that is who she is.  She has always been a grazer, and there is really no changing that. She is opinionated, and outspoken, and I love that she is truly learning what she wants in life, and is definitely saying it!

She is Brielle Diane Johnson, and I love her to death.

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Mommy and baby girl!

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Letter of the week: X

Letter of the week: X

This week definitely felt like it went by faster than normal! When I started teaching Brielle this letter this week, I started to think “what in the world are we going to do with our time during the mornings when we are done learning the alphabet.” I just want to cherish these next two weeks of learning the final two letters! 🙂

When I was thinking of what we needed to best learn this letter of the week, we were at the mall and I found these little musical instruments for toddlers/little girls for only $10! It was a great deal and brings us to our first example of the week, xylophone!  I love the little xylophone that came with the instruments and Brielle actually LOVES it too! She loves to create different music and sounds and of course try to dance with them any time she can! “x is for xylophone” is something that she picked up rather quickly on, and she can actually say xylophone pretty good, which took me years to say it correctly!

Of course when it comes to giving examples for the letter x, there really is only two that start with the letter.  (xylophone and x-ray).  It really is quite hard to explain to a two year old what an x-ray is, when she has never gotten one before.  I tried my best to remember that I am talking to a 2 year old and after teaching her, I always try to ask her a repeat question of the day’s lesson just to make sure she retained some of it, and after teaching her this, she said “where they look at people’s bones”.  It is interesting how much this little girl knows and can remember, because I honestly have never gotten an x-ray for anything(knock on wood), so I have just been a witness to them, and I just want her to be as knowledgeable as possible if she ever has to encounter one.

I usually try to give three examples each week, when teaching her a new letter, but the other examples that I could think of didn’t start with the letter x, the just contained them in the word and I didn’t want her to get confused.  So, this week was just two examples and I must say, that I asked her today “x is for..?” and she said “xylophone!” with such excitement and then said “let me show you”,which then proceeded her to find her little toy instrument and play some music for me.  So precious!  Can she stay two forever? (Ok, minus the tantrums, LOL!)

Here are a few examples of the week:

She was finding out information about the letter X on her computer!
She was finding out information about the letter X on her computer!
She found X in her alphabet book!
She found X in her alphabet book!
She ran from the fridge and found x, and started dancing to the music!
She ran from the fridge and found x, and started dancing to the music!
Trying to write X on her own, like mommy!
Trying to write X on her own, like mommy!
signing X!
signing X!
Making music by typing in the correct letters, and she got X correct!
Making music by typing in the correct letters, and she got X correct!
tracing our letter of the week, that comes off of her alphabet wall in her room!
tracing our letter of the week, that comes off of her alphabet wall in her room!
Xylophone!
Xylophone!
X!
X!
X-ray!
X-ray!
Trying so hard to stay between the lines.
Trying so hard to stay between the lines.

Letter of the week: W!

Letter of the week: W!

This week really means that we are only three letters away from completing the entire alphabet!! Whoo-hoo! I can’t believe we have come this far, and so I wanted to make it extra fun for her this week and just spend as much quality time together as possible!

If you know Brielle right now, you would know that she likes to call everyone a walrus (thanks Mom and Mike!) and when thinking of what example I should start with for the week, of course this one was the first one that popped into my head! I am not sure what Brielle’s fascination about them are, I just know she gets REALLY excited any time she sees one in a picture/video/or in any of her  books.  When I told her “W is for Walrus”, she immediately found a picture in one of her alphabet books, opened it up, and said “Momma I have to call Papa and show him that W is for Walrus” (precious!).  She definitely took to that one well and even last night on our walk I trying to get her to name things that she knew that started with a W and she goes “walrus, wheel, walrus” lol!

W is for Wagon was my second example, even though I don’t have one physically to show her, she has seen them and does know what they are.  It was a cute example and she loved to draw pictures, and point out every single wagon she saw in all of her books when we would do story time!  I think wagon’s are not used around my little town much because first off, most neighborhoods/streets don’t have a side walk that completely connects through an entire street so you end up walking in the gravel most of the time (which is definitely not the ideal pavement one would want to push a wagon on). She caught on to this example and even in my poor attempts to draw a wagon and would tell her to guess what I drew for her, she would “w for wagon!” It was funny that she even knew what it was, because let’s just say, art was never my strong suit in school.

One of the last main objects that I was showing her that starts with a W is a watch! She knows that I always have one on, and so she of course would want to wear it and would walk around the house going “look Momma, W is for my watch” it was so cute and I had a little but of a hard time getting my watch back! 🙂  It’s funny because she even knows the difference between my “work watch” and my “going out watch” and definitely let’s me know how pretty and adorable my going out watch is, haha! Sometimes the funniest things come out of her mouth, but in all actuality that is pretty smart to be able to tell that there is a difference in occasion for the use of the watch I choose to wear, which is pretty cool!

Along with those three words we also read books, practiced tracing, we signed the letter W which looked like the number three to Brielle and she couldn’t quite get her fingers to do what her mind was tell her to do, we sang songs for ex. “wheels on the bus”, colored pictures, played games on her little computer and used her little alphabet book from her birthday party, which she LOVES.

It was a fun week overall, and I will leave you with a few pictures of what we did to learn the letter W! 🙂

Picking the letter W off of the wall :)
Picking the letter W off of the wall 🙂
tracing time!
tracing time!
trying to write W on her own
trying to write W on her own

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Using this toy from Krystle that creates music every time you touch a letter! So cool!
Using this toy from Krystle that creates music every time you touch a letter! So cool!
Walk time with the dogs
Walk time with the dogs
Work it girl!
Work it girl!
W!
W!
Whistle! (of course we couldn't find her old her, so she got another one this week! )
Whistle! (of course we couldn’t find her old her, so she got another one this week! )
Walrus!
Walrus!
signing W and finding the correct letter in her alphabet book!
signing W and finding the correct letter in her alphabet book!
More practice with writing :)
More practice with writing 🙂

Letter of the week: U!

Letter of the week: U!

This week was fun, just because U is such a unique letter and there are only really a few good examples you can give when learning this letter of the alphabet.

Of course, we started out with U is for Umbrella. Umbrella’s are something that children usually don’t get to mess with, mainly because of the fact that there tiny little fingers can easily get pinched when opening or closing one.  Brielle understood that we only use one when it’s raining outside, so she LOVED it when I got to show her how it opened/closed and how to clasp the little cover over it to make sure that it stayed close. The way she says umbrella is so cute as well, I loved when she would say “U is for umbrella!”

Unicorn is another example I used, knowing that it would come with a lot of questions. She kept them a horse and would say “look mommy it’s a U for horse!” So, in theory that really didn’t work well, but I fully believed in them when I was a kid and they are just so beautiful! I showed her so many pictures, and she would say “wow such a beautiful horse” lol! So, when I knew that example wouldn’t really stick, I went something more attainable.

Uniform was the last example I gave, because I knew with having my brother’s picture from when he was active duty in the Marine Corps, she would understand what it was.  She loved to go around showing Nathan’s picture to Daddy, and to a few people through video chat as well. 🙂  So happy that both sides of our family have served/are serving in different branches of the military, so giving her examples of Shane’s brother, and Dad were pretty easy! So thankful that they have chosen to serve for this beautiful Country we live in!

We also still practiced tracing, of course learning in her games, playing puzzles, coloring, making blocks in the shape of the letter U, and doing her favorite alphabet activity which is going through her alphabet book (the one everyone made her from her 2nd birthday party) and finding the new letter of the week! She actually got like 12 or so letters correct the last time we flipped through it all, which is pretty awesome! 🙂

Here are a few pictures from the week: FYI I wish I had taken a picture of Brielle carrying around my brother’s picture! 🙂

Umbrella fun!
Umbrella fun!
trying to trace/draw the letter U on her own
trying to trace/draw the letter U on her own

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"color only the letter u"
“color only the letter u”
tracing her letter of the week
tracing her letter of the week
Unicorn!
Unicorn!