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J's music lessons continue apace, and he's on the verge of doing playing with both hands! Very exciting.

We're looking at K-1 programs for him to join; the frontrunner is a charter school that adopts the principles of Venezuela's El Sistema, with lots of daily music from day one. Barring that, there are some pretty good public options. We can't wait for him to enter Kindergarten, mostly so that he's in a stimulating environment on a daily basis, partly so we can STOP PAYING FOR DAYCARE. Because goddamn.

Though he hasn't had much opportunity, he is super into building Legos. We will try to focus on feeding that.

His reading is getting better and better; he can occasionally puzzle out words he's not familiar with, and can sometimes correct himself when he gets something wrong. We'll sometimes take parts in a story ("Um...I'll be Elephant, and you'll be Pig"), and I love hearing him not only read the words but give them personality.

Favorite fandom right now is Phineas and Ferb, which I strongly recommend to everybody.

Conversations:

"J, poop is an it, not a he. Please don't anthropomorphize poop."

"Don't eat things you find inside your own body."

"Mommy, do you have a penis?"
"No, I have a vagina."
"...Is that English for 'penis'?"
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G has taken his first steps, and though he practices his walking every so often, he's unconvinced as to its utility.

He's also babbling much more, and is maybe starting to tie phonemes to objects...? He used to have a specific sound for the cat, a high keening that might have been meowing.

Speaking of the cat, Oob continues to be his favorite thing. Right now he likes putting his face on the cat again and again. Unfortunately, he misinterprets her swats as play, so we're trying to adjust his behavior towards her.

He continues to be super good-natured, even requesting strangers for hugs. He is, however, definitely starting to understand when we are preventing him from fulfilling his goals.

Very recently, pointing has become a thing.

When he's sleepy, everything is funny. Especially the cat using her litterbox, or J's antics.

I can't put my finger exactly on why, but I suspect he will provide as much mischief and trouble as his big brother.

Date: 2015-01-07 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wavyarms.livejournal.com
OMG, that quote from J. about "Is that English for 'penis'?" PRICELESS, laughing so hard. Possibly all-time best toddler quote ever.

Date: 2015-01-07 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] g-me.livejournal.com
Interested in your learnings about kindergarten (or pre-k) and what charter option you're looking at, for future reference. Where are you guys living these days? Are you in Boston public school district, or a different one? If you're in Cambridge, there is an elementary program that starts at pre-K that follows a Kedaly (?) program with a daily music program from pre-k through grade 3, last I checked, and in Somerville, East Somerville Community School has a fantastic El Sistema program directed by a friend of mine.

Also curious when you started teaching J to play the piano, as I'm interested in doing that with ours too...

Date: 2015-01-08 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sen-no-ongaku.livejournal.com
We're still in Allston, so we're looking at BPS and the Conservatory Lab, which is right down the street (though will be moving to Dorchester at some point). Of the public schools nearby, the ones we've most been impressed with are the pilot ones (Baldwin & Gardner), but public funding for daily music isn't really a thing :(

Oh, and I'm not teaching J myself! I'm not good enough to teach beginners, let alone my own children. We take lessons at the school I used to work for, up in Lexington (http://ymsboston.com/).

Date: 2015-01-07 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
Your kids are so awesome.

"...Is that English for 'penis'?"

::dying:: Oh, four year olds, I cannot even.

Date: 2015-01-07 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] g-me.livejournal.com
...I also recently saw on some parenting sex ed blog thing, that it you want to be truly accurate, one might consider teaching kids that the female equivalent to the penis (inasmuch as there is one, since various functions are more differentiated in females) is not the vagina, but the clitoris. I haven't figured out how we'll approach this ourselves yet, so far be it for me to give advice, but food for thought.

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