He Did It!
Max's regular school year has come to an end and I thought I would take a moment to share his accomplishments. I'm a pretty proud mommy, he's turning into a very smart and thoughtful boy. He's still got his moments, one of the things he learned was how to throw a wicked tantrum, but they are coming less and less and he is quick to calm down now. His behaviour is definitely on an upswing and I couldn't be happier.
So, here's what my three year old learned this year:
1. The alphabet, English and Spanish. He is working on identifying the letters when he sees them, but he can sing the whole alphabet song. He understands that letters make words and words make stories, so we're well on our way to reading. Now when I read to him, he'll take the book from me, run his fingers under the words and "read" to me, sharing the story the way he sees it, he's got a great little imagination!
2. Numbers 1-20, English and Spanish. Counting actual objects is coming along nicely, and he has started working on the identification of numbers when he sees them. For some reason, he loves the number three in English and cincuenta in Spanish, if we ask how many there are of something, it's always those numbers.
3. Body parts, English and Spanish. I think he actually has far more English vocabulary in this regard, but only because Crazy Teacher Mommy drills him on it. Mommy doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the "private parts" either, a penis is a penis, but Daddy prefers to call it a "pajarito" ("little bird") or "un chocolate" which makes Mommy crazy and makes Max laugh.
4. Shapes, English and Spanish. This one is pretty straightforward, he's got the basic shapes no problem, though when Crazy Teacher Mommy asks him to say "parallelogram", it doesn't always come out quite right. (Gosh I am mean!)
5. Colours, English and Spanish. We had a run where I thought he was colour blind, he was constantly confusing red with green, but it seems to have passed and he's got it all worked out now. Thank god, cause when he was driving and getting those stop lights confused, we had some close calls. ;-)
6. Emotions, English and Spanish. He understands "happy" versus "sad" quite well, though he seems to think the opposite of "angry" is also "happy". "Max, I am very angry with you!". "No Mommy, you're happy."
7. He can dress himself and put on his own shoes. He understands "that's backwards Max" and "too small" and "too big". He really doesn't like to wear clothes, he prefers to run around bare, but when I tell him to get shorts, he gets shorts, not pants, so his vocab is ok regardless of his lifestyle choices.
8. He knows his full name (and it's a doozy!), his Daddy's name, Mommy's name, where he lives, where Grandma and Grandpa live, where the Uncles live ("Cawifownia"), how old he is, when his birthday is and he remembers the name of every new person he meets. Well, sometimes he just calls women "Lisa" for the first little while, but then he gets it. He knows he has abuelo and abuela and aunties and cousins and two brothers that don't live in Cancun but do live in Mexico. He knows a lot about family, he loves to say "We're a happy family Mommy!" and give me a nice hug. Hmmm, nothing warm and fuzzy about that eh?
9. He knows how to dance and to sing and does both without much prompting. Of course, when we prompt him to do it to show him off like a trick pony, he pretends to be shy and hides behind my legs.
10. Temperature and weather concepts. He understands rain, sun, wind, thunder, lightning, puddles etc.. He really understands that he can't go to the beach if it is raining so he will insist "It's not raining Mommy", even while we are soaking wet.
11. Food and eating vocabulary and manners. I've drilled it into his head now, this kid is well on his way to saying "May I have some please?" whenever he wants something the "I WANT" is almost out of his repertoire. Today anyway. He understands "hungry" and "thirsty" and "that's yucky". "Blech" also seems to be a favourite, particularly when Mommy insists on his eating veggies. He loves to help us shop, "This one no mommy, it's yucky, get the Dora one!"
12. English and Spanish vocabulary for animals, he knows them ALL. Top three favourites are kitties, birdies and iguanas.
13. Transportation vocabulary. Man this kid loves his cars! And his trucks and buses and trains and cable cars and most definitely motorcycles, this kid is going to kill me when he's a teenager.
14. Manners. He's all about the pleases and thank yous. He says "excuse me" when he burps, "I'm sorry" when he bumps into me and "cheers" when he raises his juice glass.
15. Geography. He knows what streets are around our neighbourhood, which streets Mommy and Daddy work on and the location of his school. He tells me to turn left or turn right, and almost always at the right spot. If we go somewhere once, he remembers it, he boggles my mind sometimes. He knows about Merida, Isla Mujeres, Isla Blanca, Isla Holbox, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Akumal and pronounces them all correctly. And he remembers what he did there! We were in Merida months ago and visited the zoo. This week he asked to go back to Merida to see the animals. (Note to self: kid has a memory like an elephant, don't make future promises you can't keep)
16. Bathroom skills. He's totally day time potty trained and has been for almost his whole year. We're working on night time, but I'm not pushing it as it is a physiological issue, not something he can control. He can wash his hands, brush his teeth and can wash himself in the shower. Being clean is important to him, he doesn't hold back in telling Mommy she is "stinky"!
I'm sure there are more things I am missing, but those are the ones that spring to mind. He learns fast and loves repetition. He's starting to be very imaginative, playing pretend store, pretend waiter and the old favourite, "Doctor". His school gave me all the text and note books he completed this year, it's unbelievable to me that he did sooooo much and he is only three years old! Here are the books, with every page full of drawings and paintings and glued on pictures, kind of crazy that he did this from age 2-3, gotta love this school!
Rock on smart little boy, here's hoping you continue to succeed in school and maintain your love of learning!
(Otherwise I'll have to kick your cute little ass all the way to military school. Or Grandma's house, then you'll be in BIG trouble).