Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I cannot stop raving about the marvels of ECFE this year and its not without reason. It was incredible to observe the kids in their classroom from the parent room today at. Stephanie, the parent educator has told us that we shall be having such observation sessions every 2-3 weeks where in we switch off the lights in our room so the view in the adjoining well lit children's room is absolutely clear. So about 15 minutes prior to the class ending, Miss Nadi, the kids' superstar teacher tapped the window to signal that we could begin observing. I almost let out a squeak on seeing each and every child sitting on a chair assigned to him/her and looking at Miss Nadi with rapt attention. As she later told us (we could see them but not hear whats going on), she was hiding a felt worm cut out behind one of the apples out of three while asking the kids to shut their eyes (which only about 3 were doing) and then asking them to guess where it was - asking them questions like "Is it behind this one?" and encouraging them to answer "No", "No" and eventually "Yes!" and clapping and squealing with delight! We also saw little felt apples in each child's hand which they had to hand back to Miss Nadi at the end of the group activity when there name was called. As soon as she asked them to do that, 2-3 kids started walking all at once to her but they were asked to get back and wait for their name to be called. Finally they were asked to return their little chairs to their original place.
I was amazed at how well thought of and power packed little activites are here teaching such a variety of skills - listening, observing closely, following instructiions, using their imaginations, waiting for their turn, adding new words to their vocab - to name just a few. And it was impossible for most of us moms to believe that our child was capable of doing that.
I now wait so eagerly for the sound monitoring where a nursery monitor would be placed in the kids' room with the receiver in our room so that we can hear what all is going on.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
- Is becoming more and more aware of feelings and emotions. He understands when he does something which angers us or makes us sad from our facial expressions. And takes corrective steps like saying sorry or lowering his volume when he upsets us by shouting.
Friday, September 14, 2007
The age old adage about girls being more talkative and boys more active holds true for our kids at least. Vansh was much more active at 2-1/2 months and Jiya is much more responsive and talkative. Check out the video - I know its kind of dark but the lady wants to chatter away at night-time :)
Thursday, September 13, 2007
...the past week with both the kids, leaving me with no time to write about our daily hustle bustle. We have been getting out more now, considering the last few weeks of being able to go outdoors before winter strikes BIG time. Last evening when we went for a walk with the outside temperature being 10 degrees, it took us half an hour to get everybody dressed making me nervous as to what's going to happen when we have to put on one layer after another to beat the -15 outside. The few minutes from the car to the mall/store demand an elaborate dressing up and undressing amounting to more time doing that than the time spent outside.
Anyways, ECFE re-started yesterday for Vansh. He sure had fun in the two year olds class. This year the separation is total. The moms are with the kids for the initial half an hour and while the kids eat their snack at the end of the half hour, we move to another room to be with the parent educator for an hour. (Last year, we used to be in a sort of a compartment attached to the children's room where they were free to come and go.) We were able to observe them from the window (the flashy kinds that were all over on cars in Delhi where one can see from inside out but not vice versa) and with the exception of a couple of kids facing some difficulty separating, it was heartening to see the rest do so well. Vansh did look a little confused initially and I could read his lips calling for me after he finished his snack but after a teacher helped him throw the napkin, glass, etc after his snack, he was fine and played happily. I have a feeling this year this class is going to do him much good in terms of playing peacefully(!!) with other children, sharing, taking turns ..all those golden words we hope they'll get someday! I heard him shouting once and many kids after that and I was so sure he had started the whole fracas but later the teacher told us that the bubbles had invited all the squeals! I'll take some pictures soon and post them here. As for Jiya, well everytime I go out alone with both the kids, I learn something new, the calculation as to when to feed Jiya so she stays calm in class (I am allowed to take her till she turns 6 months after which she'll be in the sibling care classroom a few rooms away); the juggling of time to get one kid ready when the other sleeps and such other things in order to avoid what I had to do yesterday after comimg back - feed Vansh with one hand and Jiya with the other.
I do have a few nice pictures to share from my b'day though. We went out for dinner to a Vietnamese restaurant and managed to dine successfully with 2 kids in tow ..quite an achievement!!
Monday, September 10, 2007
On my birthday today, as I look back the 29 years spent, 25 of those - each and every day with you as one of the most loved and cared for daughter of the world, I am filled with the deepest love and gratitude for both of you. Especially now, being a mom to 2 kids, I remember and understand when you so often said "जब आपके बच्चे होंगे, तब आप समझोगे :)" I indeed समझो :) now.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Jiya and Vansh thank their doting papa for the fun and loving moments he spends pampering them, juggling between his work and home responsibilities and accomplishing them to the tee.
- Vansh wants him to sit down with him and make downtown with his blocks as soon as he comes back home from his downtown office :) He happily obliges.
- Vansh loves to cycle with help from Ashwini at our evening walks.
- Playing ball, running with dad are Vansh's favorites when we go out to parks.
- Reading a book and then asking for 'just one more' and being granted the wish by the indulgent dad is part of Vansh's bedtime routine these days.
- Our little Jiya, whom Ashwini lovingly calls Miss Universe also senses the ultra-attention showered by dad and expresses in her own little ways her fancy of spending the evenings (and weekends) in his lap even though she is happy playing by herself the rest of the day.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
At 2 months, Jiya is ...
- so into observing her hands and feet. The look on her face is so intriguing as if to say 'Are these really attached to me?' :)
- looking at big bhaiya in awe is still her favorite pastime.
- doing well on her tummy. Is able to raise her head and at times her chest to look up at what's happening from a different perspective as opposed to the usual lying down angle.
- follows us with her eyes from one side to another.