Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Time to jump back on the wagon
This afternoon we were at playgroup. It was fun, the moms chatted about typical moms stuff; time outs, the fun moms night out, potty training, etc. The kids were playing happily clinging onto sack cups & sippy cups.

Logan was his cute little self & only had one time out for throwing a very large toy that almost hit Little L in the head. Everyone was impressed that he sat in the corner knowing that he was in trouble. Shortly after Logan got out, Little L went in for disobeying her mother. Playgroups are quickly becoming a two hour "learning session" for the kids. Learning about not throwing toys, the importance of sharing, using inside voices & the like.

One thing I learned today is that Logan is a quick study. Not only does he know about time out & how it works, but he showed me that he's catching up on communication. About a half hour before we were "scheduled" to leave, he starts walking around signing "bye-bye". I was pleasantly surprised & asked him if he was sure. He ran off playing a little bit more & 15 minutes later, comes back signing "bye-bye" again. I asked him if he was ready to get his shoes on (he instantly knows we're going somewhere when asked this question) & he walked up to the diaper bag & pointed to his shoes that were inside. I sat him on the chair & put his shoes on. He was ready to go.

So, as Logan is learning about appropriate behavior & communication, I'm learning that I need to step up to the plate & help him out a little more. It's time get back to signing again, which I'm sure will cut down the temper tantrums a whole lot too.


Anonymous said...

Ava has been picking up on signing a lot lately. Her brain is just eating it up! She knows about 15 different ones now. And it has helped a lot in the tantrum department because I know what she wants.

Not only has it been fun teaching Ava the signs but I've enjoyed learning myself and can say a few sentences now from start to finish (ex. "Are you thirsty? Want some water?")

Check out Born 2 Sign to see videos of different signs. It helps you get a better visualization for what they're supposed to look like vs. just a picture in a book.

Liz said...

Wow, that's amazing. Isn't it crazy how it all just clicks for them?
I wish that I were more...I don't know, dedicated? to teaching Henry signs. We do the basic signs for cup, gentle, milk, etc... sometimes I don't know if he gets it or not?

Erin said...

Isn't it great when they start communicating like this?? I love being able to communicate with Hailey now. We don't do the signing, but she picks up new words every day, I love it. It's so neat to see them grow into little kids from babies!! Logan sounds like he's doing great! Impressive that he new it was almost time to go.

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